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The recent case of a French man who only had about 1/4 of the normal grey matter and yet was a normally functioning person suggests either thathigher brain function is distributed throughout the nervous system or even exists beyond the limits of our nervous system.
The gut-brain connection GI conditionsHave you ever had a "gut-wrenching" experience? Do certain situations make you "feel nauseous"? Have you ever felt "butterflies" in your stomach? We use these expressions for a reason. The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation — all of these feelings (and others) can trigger symptoms in the gut.
The brain has a direct effect on the stomach. For example, the very thought of eating can release the stomach's juices before food gets there. This connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. That's because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected.
We need to become vividly aware of our ecology, of our interdependence and virtual identity with all other forms of life which the divisive and emboxing methods of our current way of thought prevent us from experiencing. The so-called physical world and the so-called human body are a single process, differentiated only as the heart from the lungs or the head from the feet. In stodgy academic circles I refer to this kind of understanding as "ecological awareness." Elsewhere it would be called "cosmic consciousness" or "mystical experience."
The thing I find so interesting about the book and Everett’s views and findings are that he claims that the Piraha are by far and away the happiest people he has ever met. Their perception of space and time is directly influenced by their language, by the way they interpret the space around them into symbols, and because of this they are often thinking only in the immediate present, they do not worry about the future or dwell on the far past, they are contented in the here and now.
I would tend to agree with this....
and now there is also the brain-gut-emotion connection...
The popularity of concepts stressing the impact of the mind on the gastrointestinal tract also encouraged social scientists to make more broad-based statements about the relationship between the “ulcer type” and his environment. Most notably, in 1944, the pioneering social researcher Richard Titmuss composed a detailed statistical investigation of the problem with Lieutenant-Colonel Jerry Morris of the Royal Army Medical Corps. They concluded that the economic patterns of unemployment and re-employment witnessed in the 1930s were in fact reflected in the epidemiological behaviour of peptic ulcer disease in that period. At the start of the decade, unemployment seemed to have led to a reduction in ulcer mortality as the death rate from the complaint had dropped in those areas particularly affected. However, as economic depression eased and unemployment declined, ulcer mortality rose sharply, apparently as a consequence of the return to work.
originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: Kazzrip
Ah, but science says, that everything in existence is a material of some sort.