June 17th, 2011 § § permalink
‘What do you love about the ocean?’ ‘There is some kind of music that lives there’ — late-stage Alzheimer’s patient
The ocean is Nature’s artwork. It provides us with a full sensory experience in 3D, total surround sound, and a varied array of olfactory and tactile delights.
When we compare the experience of reading literature and poetry, listening to great music, visiting a museum, going to the theatre, opera, or ballet with the effect that the ocean has upon us, the similarities are striking.
The ocean awakens and keeps alive in us the sublime order and elegance of Nature. The profound experience it brings resonates with us, because we too are Nature.
View Text: The Sea Within Us
July 9th, 2009 § § permalink
For a brain to be self-conscious it must be able to represent the world symbolically, clinic which implies the use of symbols such as marks, visual shapes and patterns, rhythmic and tonal patterns. Expanded long-term memory is a primary requirement for a self-conscious brain. By definition, a self-conscious brain must also include language, with an innate set of grammatical rules, or syntax. For a brain to be self-conscious, it must be able to think abstractly, question, predict, generalize, categorize, and reason.
My theory of the origins of self-consciousness proposes that the combination of increased brain capacity, intensified socialization, and introspection has resulted in THE SEARCH FOR PERSONAL AND SOCIAL IDENTITY, which ultimately led to our ability to think about ourselves both privately and socially.
View text: Origins of Self-consciousness
March 24th, 2009 § § permalink
November 3rd, 2008 § § permalink
Nature is everything, seek everywhere, cure in the present.
Nature is all things known and unknown.
Science is a formal method by which we investigate nature.
The Scientific Method is society’s way of verifying itself.
Art is a process of modeling nature, of representing forms, structures
Art raises social and cultural awareness, makes the invisible visible,
connects the improbable, breaks down artifice and presumption.
Art acts as a continuous feedback loop, constantly monitoring, evaluating
and modifying cultural activity.
Art and science share the goal of identifying, and identifying with, nature,
including a predictable fascination with human emotion, thought and
Both science and art aspire to truth without compromise.
Both challenge the way we see the world as individuals and community.
(photo from musical score Fruit and Roses for Piano Solo by J. H.; for details on the score visit: Fruit and Roses)
September 29th, 2008 § § permalink
Pietre Preziose is a celebration of beauty, ampoule chemistry and personal history. Women in Sicily are held precious yet often limited by the traditions of an ancient culture. My own background often hits up against the hard surface of these limitations. In an effort to soften the differences between us, stuff I have given gemstone pendants to twelve women that are interlocked in a social web around my Sicilian family. Each stone in turn symbolizes one of the many chemical hormones that drive women of every culture to be who they are – as mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, workers, and friends.
Linking hormone to gemstone to woman was a subjective process based on my impressions of these women, their strengths and weakness, their desires and accomplishments. The functions of the hormones were considered alongside the aesthetics, healing potentials, and legends attributed to the gemstones. Pietre Preziosa is a synesthetic experiment as well as a labor of love.
The current state of the project is a web site describing each women, stone and hormone. Other manifestations are forth-coming.
September 28th, 2008 § § permalink
The origin of consciousness is one of many unsolved questions in neuroscience. There are ongoing controversies concerning how, visit where, medical when, and what kind of consciousness has arisen in organisms over 3.5 billion years of life on Earth.
Epochs of Consciousness outlines 7 different kinds of awareness that have evolved in a variety of creatures at different times, ranging from preconsciousness to superconciousness, including consciousness, primate consciousness, late hominid consciousness, self-consciousness and communal consciousness. The text also includes a detailed list of characteristics that define each category of consciousness, and an accompanying timeline.
The specific dates associated with each form of consciousness are broadly represented, and are clearly open to discussion.
Epochs of Consciousness was originally written as a performance text, and was first presented in Boston in 1997. The reading of the text to an audience was accompanied by an informal explanation, paraphrasing, and repetition of ideas emphasized within the text. A lively discussion followed the complete reading of the text.
We wish to acknowledge members of Nature and Inquiry for their tireless discussions with us on the subject of consciousness. We have incorporated many of their suggestions.
John Holland and Amy Robinson
To view the text: Epochs of Consciousness
photo credit: The Daily Galaxy
September 17th, 2008 § § permalink
The Violin Player was originally created as a performance text, cheapest to be spoken aloud.
The substance of the text is concerned with the nature of performance, the history and language of music, acoustics, musicianship, the evolution of music, and sound perception.
The Violin Player was first presented in 1991 at Vanderbilt Hall, Harvard University.
View the text: The Violin Player
photo credit: Christian Gaser
June 24th, 2007 § § permalink
Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) in an online research journal employing visualization to increase reproducibility and transparency in biological sciences.
for example – check out the video documenting “Primary Neuronal Cultures from the Brains of Late Stage Drosophila Pupae” or “Flash freezing and cryosectioning E12.5 mouse brain”
June 19th, 2007 § § permalink
additional thoughts to our Altruism thread.
read more here -
“Taxes a Pleasure? Check the Brain Scan ”
link provided by Margot
June 18th, 2007 § § permalink
I remember reading this a few years ago but wanted to post again here - rat babies who have moms that lick and groom them often “undergo permanent changes in patterns of gene activity, leading to a penchant for exploratory behavior in stressful situations”. obvious to some i suppose but still more reason not to let a child cry themselves to sleep at night.
read article here:
Groomed DNA Handles Threats: Mothering styles alter rats’ stress responses