Smelling the forest… A tree born…

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Animals are much better at smelling a complex “soup” of odorants rather than a single pure ingredient, a study by the University of Sussex has revealed.

Prof Nowotny, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the University of Sussex’s School of Engineering and Informatics, said: “Our study was looking at how olfactory receptors and brain structures cope with mixtures and single odorants. At first, we thought that mixtures would mean complications, but it turned out there was no extra complications and in fact, it’s usually easier to smell mixtures than single odorants and the sensing is also slightly faster. This wasn’t what we expected but this is what came out from our mathematical investigation”.

Prof Nowotny added: “Everything we take in from our environment is mixed smells, so it makes evolutionary sense that our olfactory systems would be better at those type of smells.” “Similarly, animals secrete odorant mixtures as communication signals (pheromones), so it is vital that they can quickly and accurately identify these chemical signals, so they can decode the message they are being sent”. (1)

We were born in a forest.

Inside a vast universe.

Under the cold blue sky.

We were born in a forest.

But we can only see trees now.

We see many trees.

More and more trees.

Until there are no trees again.

Until we see the forest once more.

And it is only then…

In the deep dark forest…

That a small tree will be born again…

Brain waves. A calm lake…

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Our brains hum with electrical activity. Brain waves created by the coordinated firing of huge collections of nerve cells pinball around the brain. The waves can ricochet from the front of the brain to the back, or from deep structures all the way to the scalp and then back again.

Called neuronal oscillations, these signals are known to accompany certain mental states. Quiet alpha waves ripple soothingly across the brains of meditating monks. Beta waves rise and fall during intense conversational turns. Fast gamma waves accompany sharp insights. Sluggish delta rhythms lull deep sleepers, while dreamers shift into slightly quicker theta rhythms.

Researchers have long argued over whether these waves have purpose. MIT’s Earl Miller is among the neuro­scientists amassing evidence that waves are an essential part of how the brain operates. Brain oscillations deftly route information in a way that allows the brain to choose which signals in the world to pay attention to and which to ignore, his recent studies suggest. Other research supports this view, too. Studies on people with electrodes implanted in their brains suggest brain waves, and their interactions, help enable emotion, language, vision and more. When these waves are abnormal, brainpower suffers, studies find. (1)

Surely the waves in the brain seem important. But these waves are not the only waves in the ocean of existence. There are waves everywhere. And they are all interconnected. How could they not be anyway?

We are all part of the same rough ocean…

An ocean roaring with rage in the dark night.

Throw a water drop in it. And you will see it disappear under the waves. But sometimes, just sometimes, something magical happens. And on a calm night, you can hear yourself whispering. It is then, only then, that you can feel ocean’s best hidden secret.

Sitting by the sea. No waves.

Silencing your brain. Feeling the rain.

Listening to the smallest drop falling into the water…

It is an important drop. Creating an ocean…

And out of a sudden, you are no longer afraid of the abyss…

Synchronizing the brain with the cosmos. Not remembering.

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The ability to remember sounds, and manipulate them in our minds, is incredibly important to our daily lives. New research is shedding light on how sound memory works in the brain, and is even demonstrating a means to improve it.

Scientists previously knew that a neural network of the brain called the dorsal stream was responsible for aspects of auditory memory. Inside the dorsal stream were rhythmic electrical pulses called theta waves, yet the role of these waves in auditory memory were until recently a complete mystery.

Researchers applied transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) at the same theta frequency to the subjects while they performed specific memory related tasks, to enhance the theta waves and measure the effect on the subjects’ memory performance.

They found that when they applied TMS, subjects performed better at those memory tasks. This was only the case when the TMS matched the rhythm of natural theta waves in the brain. When the TMS was arrhythmic, there was no effect on performance, suggesting it is the manipulation of theta waves, not simply the application of TMS, which alters performance. (1)

Synchronizing with the cosmos.

It seems important.

But it is actually the other way around.

Not being in sync is what requires effort.

And we are trying too hard for that every day.

Every single moment we get out of sync.

Every day we destroy our connection with the cosmos.

Stop trying so hard and watch the cosmos aligning with you.

You do not need any special tools to boost your memory.

The only thing you need to do is to let go.

And just remember, that you don’t need to remember…

Dancing…

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Coupled oscillations: A weird phenomenon which leads to the things in the cosmos being in harmony with one another. (1)

The wisdom of the cosmos lies in the most obvious things.

Watch the clocks on your wall.

Watch the moon as it circles around the Earth.

Everything is not just One.

It is dancing as well.

Gravitational Waves: Discovered. So long ago…

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Some time ago a lot of fuss was created for the discovery of gravitational waves. [1]

People.

Living in a unique cosmos.

A cosmos where everything exist in unison.

Afraid of the consequences of such unity, we DECIDED to split the cosmos into many pieces. And now we just see and analyze these pieces separately.

Once in a while someone comes to remind them of the unity of the cosmos. That everything affects everything. That all beings and things are interconnected – with gravitational waves, with cosmic sympathy, with love…

But still we do not believe it. We want “proof”.

And wait for hundreds of years for that proof.

Then we see.

But again not what we are supposed to see.

Listen to Parmenides.

The ripples of his poem rip through time…

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