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.

Quantum communications. Ship’s containers. Universe unity. Buttons.

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Physics says that if two particles are entangled on a quantum level, they are permanently linked — a change in one particle will instantaneously affect the other one, no matter the distance between them. That’s something that could be fantastic for quickly transporting information across vast distances … but only if we can figure out how to use it.

Scientists (and corporations) are already building working computers that rely on quantum entanglement. Now one of the biggest challenges for quantum computing is distance. Unlike our current computing networks, which swiftly move information across thousands of miles via super-speedy cables, quantum computing doesn’t have the same reach yet. The longest distance over which information has been transferred via a quantum network is just 300 kilometers, which might someday be enough for conveying information around a city or region, but not really enough for international quantum computing–especially across an ocean.

Now, scientists think they might have found a decidedly old-fashioned way to solve the ocean problem. The solution is already in use at ports around the world: the humble container ship. Scientists writing in a paper posted to arXiv.org have proposed using shipping containers to transport critical parts of a computing network from one side of the ocean to the other. The container ships will function kind of like a Pony Express, but instead of carrying messages, the cargo will be slightly different: they’ll be moving quantum objects. (1)

We are all travelling.
We send things travelling.
We think of other people travelling.
We have all left a hair or a button somewhere…

We are all interconnected with others.
We are all interconnected with everything.
Don’t look up for that button.
It makes you One with the Cosmos.

Damn!

I lost another one!

HIV spreading. Isolation. Sympathy.

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Almost like detectives retracing the steps of a killer in a whodunnit, researchers have pieced together how the virus that later became known as HIV grew from infecting a few hunter-gatherers in Cameroon to affecting 76 million people across the globe.

Using historic blood samples to create a viral timeline, the team confirms that Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was the springboard for an explosion of infection that began around 1920 – and for the first time, comprehensively map out what happened next.

Once HIV had got a toehold in Kinshasa, migrant workers gradually carried the virus south to mining regions fed by new railways. Then, after the DRC became independent from Belgium in 1960, the virus – with the additional help of river transport and sex workers – spiralled out of control and spread to the rest of southern Africa, decades before the disease was first reported in 1981, and the virus was officially discovered in 1983. (1)

We connect with other people.
And that is why we die.
This is the only way to live…

Wear is a synonym to Being.
Being is a synonym to Life.
Life is a synonym to Death.

We all live.
We all die.

Through this decay we all affect everyone and everything.
Only through mortal parts can the immortal One exist…

See beyond the chaos of a virus spreading.
See life itself being manifested.
See eternity establishing itself via the ephemeral.

Ebola, HIV, humans, bacteria.
Everything in everything.
All in all.
And yet nothing…

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