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Your Brain Knows a Lot More Than You Realize

by David Eagleman

Only a tiny fraction of the brain is dedicated to conscious behavior. The rest works feverishly behind the scenes regulating everything from breathing to mate selection. In fact, neuroscientist David Eagleman of Baylor College of Medicine argues that the unconscious workings of the brain are so crucial to everyday functioning that their influence often trumps conscious thought. To prove it, he explores little-known historical episodes, the latest psychological research, and enduring medical mysteries, revealing the bizarre and often inexplicable mechanisms underlying daily life.
Eagleman’s theory is epitomized by the deathbed confession of the 19th-century mathematician James Clerk Maxwell, who developed fundamental equations unifying electricity and magnetism. Maxwell declared that “something within him” had made the discoveries; he actually had no idea how he’d achieved his great insights. It is easy to take credit after an idea strikes you, but in fact, neurons in your brain secretly perform an enormous amount of work before inspiration hits. The brain, Eagleman argues, runs its show incognito. Or, as Pink Floyd put it, “There’s someone in my head, but it’s not me.”

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racial bias is subconscious too

racial bias is subconscious, too.

just saying.

Here is another view on the brain, mind.

There are two sides or hemispheres in your brain. In right handed people the left brain deals with navigating your body in the world and it deals with analytical data and analyzing information. It deals with logic. Most people make their choices based on logic and analysis. In left handed people this is opposite.

The right side is your creative inspirational side, also thought of as your connection to your spirit and Higher Self. The right side is connected to your higher consciousness, which is a higher energy being that incarnated a small part of itself into your physical body. YOU are that higher energy being having a human experience.

People who are inspired in their choices or who just have the whole answer appear to them in a vision or in their mind deal more in their right brain. They wait for the answer rather than frown trying to figure it out. Einstein was one of those people. He would awake in the morning with the entire answer mapped out in his mind and ready to be written down. This is called intuition or inspiration.

Many of the children being born today have the answers but cannot show you the analytical steps that will lead to that answer. They just KNOW the answer. Well, they know it by inspiration or intuition, from their higher consciousness. That higher being that they really are provides the answer ready made without the labor of analysis. Many successful people in all walks of life rely more on their intuition than analysis.

Which side of the brain do you usually use? How do you make your choices? Analytical logical or intuition?

Give me a break.

First of all the lane changing test was ignorant. Then they go into a bunch of examples that are merely things that have been LEARNED by the conscious mind and then relegated to the "subconscious". But when they started talking about chick sexing I couldn't go any further. The claim that they know the sex of the chicks without knowing how to tell the sex of the chicks is absolutely STUPID. Search chicken sexing and you will readily find out how it is done.

Ideas don't just magically pop up from the ID. Ideas are a culmination of knowledge and reason, nothing more. If you never learned to drive then your subconscious wouldn't know how to change lanes, if you never learned how to walk then you would be stuck crawling regardless of your subconscious activity.

The brain is in the body, the mind is not.

Inspiration comes from an outside flow of information. The brain processes experiences and "files" the info for later retrieval. But that cannot explain a completely new thought apart from that stored info. There is an external factor that needs to be considered and evaluated.

Changing your habit of thought, from mainly negative to mainly positive, for example, causes new neural pathways to form and old ones to "disconnect" and thus allows this inspirational information to flow with greater ease as more focus is given on the emotional drive of your habit of thought.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Inspiration.

lets hope the scientists & psychologists can elaborate more on "Inspiration".
In the concluding sentences above is = [[ It is easy to take credit after an idea strikes you, but in fact, neurons in your brain secretly perform an enormous amount of work before inspiration hits. ]]

Inspiration could also mean something external, not recorded from prior observation or experience. Or it could be something already printed, as in nature, a program, that can be read after some cleansing, or it comes up as needed in a particular situation. Animals behavior is instinctual, they have not gone to school.

Dictionary: Inspiration.
1. stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity
2. the state or quality of being so stimulated or aroused
3. someone or something that causes this state
4. an idea or action resulting from such a state
5. the act or process of inhaling; breathing in

Theology.
a.~ a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.
b.~ the divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.

the brain....

is alive!!!!

donvino

I certainly agree that it's a mystery

where ideas come from. The fact that some ideas for inventions and discoveries show up in complete form, without conscious development, is not necessarily evidence of neurons working in the background.

The ideas may be transmitted to us by others outside our circle. These others could be non-corporeal, even non-human. There may be a "place" where ideas reside, a timeless storehouse of ideas from the distant past, even the distant future, or distant galaxies.

Our ideas might even (or often) come to us from some spirit core we have that experiences many incarnations. For example, what if a scientist makes a "discovery" that was actually common knowledge during a prior lifetime, even a future lifetime.

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that sophisticated technologies beyond our own have existed in ancient civilizations and if any credit the notion that we are not alone in the universe, they must agree that any interstellar civilization would be many leagues beyond us in scientific knowledge and would be full of ideas not yet had by human brains. They might even consciously transmit ideas to humans from time to time.

Do I believe this model of where ideas come from? No, but I am certainly open to it. One of my favorite quotes, whose author I've forgotten, is, "The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we CAN imagine." (Could be a paraphrase.) I'm not one to rule anything out.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

Shaky premise. Seems to be

Shaky premise. Seems to be all anecdotal evidence with no references.

well if you'd like to see

well if you'd like to see something less anecdotal check this out. If you haven't already seen this it will blow your mind.

1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbASOcqc1Ss
2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN5PElLq6AU
3 - I'll let you find the others...

- Grow Mushrooms at Home
http://subfarms.com

If the brain is so powerful...

... then consider this.

Millions of people (mostly unrelated) over dozens of decades have related "out of body" experiences. Millions have related recall of past existences.

But taking up the former: the common factors I have observed in all their tales are "I saw" and "I thought". In most of these cases, the body was incapacitated or "unconscious" and their viewpoint was remote from it.

Either they were all deluded or they were not thinking with their brains. What if they had something clouding their consciousness which also kept them from being free of a body as a norm, even to the point of forgetting, at least temporarily, past existences? What if they are all immortal and what if those entities capable of those exterior viewpoints and perception are the only agents of perception and thought? What if a body is only animated by them and they continue thinking and perceiving when the body and brain have become worm fodder?