Is the Hypothalamus the seat of the soul?
The hypothalamus is a portion of the brain that contains a number of small nuclei with a variety of functions. One of the most important
functions of the hypothalamus is to link the nervous system to the endocrine system via the pituitary gland (hypophysis).
The hypothalamus is located below the thalamus, just above the brain stem. In the terminology of neuroanatomy, it forms the ventral part of the
diencephalon. All vertebrate brains contain a hypothalamus. In humans, it is roughly the size of an almond
The hypothalamus is a structure that has connections to motivated behaviors like combativeness, sexuality, thermal regulation, thirst and hunger.
Since those activities are often tied to strong emotions, it is believed the structure deals with emotions like rage and pleasure. As a logical
extension, it can trigger such feelings as displeasure, aversion, and the need for uncontrollable laughter. The hypothalamus deals more with the
expression of emotion than the generation of emotions but it can generate a feeling of panic and anxiety in some situations.
The hypothalamus is responsive to:
Light: daylength and photoperiod for regulating circadian and seasonal rhythms
• Olfactory stimuli, including pheromones
• Steroids, including gonadal steroids and corticosteroids
• Neurally transmitted information arising in particular from the heart, the stomach, and the reproductive tract
• Autonomic inputs
• Blood-borne stimuli, including leptin, ghrelin, angiotensin, insulin, pituitary hormones, cytokines, plasma concentrations of glucose and
• Invading microorganisms by increasing body temperature, resetting the body's thermostat upward.
It just seems like there is more to this part of the brain then is getting attention. It is wired to the pineal gland. Now I doubt that the pineal
gland is the seat of the soul, for the purpose that it can be removed and people who have gotten it removed are fine. Now I am not certain of this
but can the hypothalamus get removed without killing the person? This is open for discussion; hopefully I get information from skeptics, believers of
the soul, atheists. Make sure the responses of this thread are intelligent, not immature and talking about esoteric density level stuff or
atheists referring to flying spaghetti monsters.
Just strictly intelligent discussion on the hypothalamus and brain regions around that region,
and how it might relate to the soul. Let me start off, perhaps it is the effect of microtubules in the brain, proposed by Stuart Hameroff (this is of
course if we consider that Hameroff’s decoherence time is correct and not what Tegmarks calculations said on how the neurons are to warm).
Enjoy and please contribute to the discussion
[edit on 7-6-2010 by Maddogkull]