Emerging Paradigms of Consciousness Research: News and Views on Consciousness and Mind Science Connected and Gathered from around the Internet

"Only when they must choose between competing theories do scientists behave like philosophers. ~ Thomas S. Kuhn"

Study of hallucinogen salvia shows intense, novel effects

In what is believed to be the first controlled human study of the effects of salvinorin A, the active ingredient in Salvia divinorum, a controversial new hallucinogen featured widely on YouTube and other Internet sites, Johns Hopkins researchers report that the effects are surprisingly strong, brief and intensely disorienting but without apparent short-term adverse effects in healthy people.

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Yawn

Several recent brain-scan studies have shown that yawning evokes a unique neural activity in the areas of the brain that are directly involved in generating social awareness and creating feelings of empathy.

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Milestones in Neuroscience Research

An interesting time line of events in neuroscience

http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/hist.html

Healing Rhythmic Drumming

A researcher, Melinda Maxfield, who studied the Shamans discovered that the rhythmic drumming that the shaman’s assistants do is actually the vehicle that transports the Shaman into the right state of consciousness for his Shamanic rituals. Not only that, the drumming is done at a specific rhythm of four-and-a-half beats per second.

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Mind blowing power of love

THE mystery behind the ''sixth sense'' - how people interact on a physiological level - is a step closer to being unravelled, according to a Sydney neuroscientist.

A five-year study monitoring brain activity during therapy sessions has shown that two people can become physiologically aligned - parts of their nervous systems beating in harmony - despite having no physical contact with each another.

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Out of Body Experiences and the Angular Gyrus of the Brain.

This is great article and website, well worth a look.

There have been cases where people have had OBEs, and seen things from an out-of-body perspective that they could not have seen from their body's location. This writer holds that the brain is involved in triggering OBEs, but once they're happening, other mechanisms predominate.

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Scientific Reasoning for Separating the conscious and Body

OBE is a natural event that statistically has happened to about 80% of all humans according to William Buhlman the leading author of this natural phenomenon. Often though it is chalked off as a nightmare or forgotten by the experiencer and has even been a commonly confused event by many as UFO ABDUCTION. OBE has specific notable effects when experienced. The trained observer can not only recognize the OBE onslaught, but also control the experience and aid it to a higher level of experience.

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The Power of Intention

www.drdavidhamilton.com

Every thought and feeling changes something in your body. Think of a time when you got embarrassed. Your face went red didn't it? This is the power of your mind to affect your body. It is your thoughts about yourself or about what people might be thinking of you that do it.

The placebo effect is another example of this. If a person is given a fake medicine but believes that it's a real medicine then he or she will usually get better.

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