The Sea Within Us

June 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Atlantic Ocean at Chatham, MA

‘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.

John Holland

View Text: The Sea Within Us

Origins of Self-consciousness

July 9th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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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.

John Holland

View text:  Origins of Self-consciousness

Teen Brains Clear Out Childhood Thoughts | LiveScience

March 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Teen Brains Clear Out Childhood Thoughts | LiveScience.

Ahh…. explains so much!

Nature, Science, and Art

November 3rd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

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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
and ideas.
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
behavior.
Both science and art aspire to truth without compromise.
Both challenge the way we see the world as individuals and community.

John Holland

(photo from musical score Fruit and Roses for Piano Solo by J. H.; for details on the score visit: Fruit and Roses)

Pietre Preziose

September 29th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

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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.

http://www.nitasturiale.com/pietrepreziose

Nita Sturiale

Epochs of Consciousness

September 28th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

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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

The Violin Player

September 17th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

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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.

John Holland

View the text:  The Violin Player

photo credit: Christian Gaser

see biology experiments as if you were there!

June 24th, 2007 § 0 comments § 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”

~ nita

Does paying taxes feel good?

June 19th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

additional thoughts to our Altruism thread.

read more here -
“Taxes a Pleasure? Check the Brain Scan ”

link provided by Margot

love leads to brains

June 18th, 2007 § 0 comments § 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

http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20040717/fob3.asp

~nita

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