4 min read · 2020-11-23 · In stressful times, this surprising lesson from neuroscience may help to lessen your anxieties.
The scientific name for body budgeting is allostasis.
This budgetary account of how the brain works may seem plausible when it comes to your bodily functions. It may seem less natural to view your mental life as a series of deposits and withdrawals. But your own experience is rarely a guide to your brain’s inner workings. Every thought you have, every feeling of happiness or anger or awe you experience, every kindness you extend and every insult you bear or sling is part of your brain’s calculations as it anticipates and budgets your metabolic needs.
Your brain’s most important job isn’t thinking; it’s running the systems of your body to keep you alive and well.
~11 min read · Apr 5th · Instead of a code encrypted in the wiring of our neurons, could consciousness reside in the brain’s electromagnetic field?
the belief that our conscious mind is located in an immaterial soul or spirit, distinct from the matter of the body.
Each ‘firing’ event involves the movement of electrically charged atoms called ions in and out of the neurons.
That movement triggers a kind of chain reaction that travels from one nerve cell to another via logical rules, roughly analogous to the AND, OR and NOT Boolean operations performed by today’s computer gates, in order to generate outputs such as speech.