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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Materialist's Approach?



God Helmet
The "God Helmet" refers to an experimental apparatus originally called the "Koren helmet" after its inventor Stanley Koren

Mechanical Induction-
Magnetic stimulation of the brain, as with the God helmet developed by Michael Persinger.[30]
Dr. Persinger's work is primarily published in peer-reviewed academic journals devoted to neuroscience and cognitive studies. Persinger does not reject the validity of spiritual and psychic experiences. His many papers and experiments offer specific mechanisms for how the brain can create them subjectively. Proof that God is in the brain means that the power of prayer lies in the human mind. Meditation works by making changes in the brain. The kingdom of heaven lies within the complexities of the brain, the most complex object known to science. This field of inquiry has been called neurotheology by several authors and journalists, though it's members usually have other names for themselves.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a technique for noninvasive stimulation of the adult brain. Stimulation is produced by generating a brief, high-intensity magnetic field by passing a brief electric current through a magnetic coil. Compared with the growing number of clinical trial with rTMS, there are surprisingly few animal studies on its basic mechanisms of action, constraining the ability to perform hypothesis-driven clinical studies.


Okay one knows that we live in a material world so one has to apply scientific view to what can be induced toward consciousness,  has a different perspective value here on the assumption about "what matters and what arises as consciousness from it?"

Is there then not room to look at the effect on the brain matter as the value of how consciousness may be perceived "as outside the body?"
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Assisted by specialists in psychology, medicine, biochemistry, psychiatry, electrical engineering, physics, and education, Robert Monroe developed Hemi-Sync, a patented audio technology that is claimed to facilitate enhanced performance.[2][3][4][5][6]
Using this point then of observation about what in going on in the brain. Why do we not consider the effect of stimulation in terms of the brain, as having other methods already established that affect consciousness indicated above. Affecting various stages of consciousness as gradations as to imply "focus levels" that we are engaged in. In this regard, correlated to our daily lives.

To be able to stimulate the brain so as to consider consciousness interaction with nature on various levels. This would ask how far consciousness may travel in that we do not consider this focus as travelling further from the confines of the body then just above it as measured by the stimulation?

So one might be affected by the innovation of idea as a manifested and work in progress to say this invention does not really deal with reality? Consciousness is such a fickle thing that no one truly has the method in the bag?

Brain Mechanisms of Consciousness
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Consciousness is at once the most familiar and the most mysterious feature of our existence. A new science of consciousness is now revealing its biological basis.

Once considered beyond the reach of science, the neural mechanisms of human consciousness are now being unravelled at a startling pace by neuroscientists and their colleagues. I've always been fascinated by the possibility of understanding consciousness, so it is tremendously exciting to witness – and take part in – this grand challenge for 21st century science. SEE:Consciousness: Eight questions science must answer




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