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The Fascinating Brain

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Study of the Mind

The mind is a fascinating topic to study. There are three levels of consciousness that include: the conscious, the subconscious and the unconscious. While consciousness is the most simple state, there is still a great deal of controversy surrounding consciousness although researchers do agree that intuition exists. The mind has been studied for centuries, yet we still do not know much about how the mind works.

The subconscious mind seems to be the balance between the conscious and unconscious mind. The subconscious mind is like a data bank of information that is not in your conscious mind but it stores your experiences, your beliefs and your skills. It also watches out for danger. The communication between the conscious and the subconscious mind is bidirectional. Maybe that communication is the feeling in your gut when you know how to make an important decision.

The term unconscious mind was coined by Carl Jung, and he states that the unconscious mind influences the lives of people “who lived out its symbols and clothed them in meaning through their experiences.” The unconscious mind contains the automatic processes that are not available for introspection, but it is still thought those processes have an effect on our behavior.

There are many aspects of the brain that are not fully understood by scientists at this time, but there are great advances in our understanding with new research.

Neural pathways

Neural pathways

My Great, Great Grandfather

My great, great grandfather (1844-1916) was apparently talented in telekinesis (also called psychokinesis). My mother told me of all the things this grandfather could accomplish. He moved a table across a floor with a baby lying on top of it. My mother’s aunt told her she saw this happen.

Telekinesis is “the supposed ability to move objects at a distance by mental power or other nonphysical means.” I wish I could have seen him do this as it is hard to believe. My mother stated several family members saw him move objects without anyone touching the items. She also said he believed that if he could get a group of believers to hold hands around a house that they could lift the house up using their minds. This sounds far fetched to me, but it is certainly interesting.

Psycho-Kinesis Technique

Psychic Powers

Holt coined the term psychokinesis in his book “On the Cosmic Relations”. Essentially psychokinesis is “mind over matter”.

Our thoughts are powerful and scientists have discovered that repetitive thoughts actually strengthen the neural pathways of the brain. Neurons fire together when a thought occurs and the neurons strengthen into a neural pathway as the thought occurs over and over again. Therefore, we can intentionally change our thinking by forming new neural pathways, which can change our experiences.

In the 1970s, Uri Geller was the best-known psychic who made a fortune traveling around the world demonstrating his claimed psychokinetic ability.

60 Minutes Rewind: 2009 report, "Mind Reading"

New Research

There are several types of psychic powers in addition to psychokinesis. There is telepathy, which is the ability to describe things at a remote location and there is precognition, which is knowing the future. There are many people who claim they can see the future for an individual and some seem very believable when they are on a TV show, for instance. However, there are many people scamming others just for the money.

One time I went to have my fortune told. I was going through a divorce and I was having many systemic lupus symptoms. I was depressed and trying to raise my three sons. I guess I wanted to hear something positive, but the first thing this woman said to me was that I was born under a lucky star. I was hardly feeling ‘lucky’ at this time, and the woman never said anything that showed she knew anything about me. I knew she was a phoney, and I never tried to get my fortune told again.

Telekinesis is fascinating and this ability has been falsely displayed in numerous movies. Experimenters tend to use very small items to move or they try to get a coin to land on heads over fifty percent of the time with a thousand trials. That is not particularly exciting.

The University of Toronto Scarborough, in Adrian Nestor’s lab, has developed a new technique, where they can use an MRI to know what people are thinking. The 60 Minute video shows how this works.

They can also reconstruct an image of what test subjects perceive based on their brainwaves, which are gathered by using an EEG.

Your Mind Is So Powerful It Creates Your Reality

Create a New Brain Pathway

Our brains create a mental percept when we see something, and the EEG captures that image. It gives a direct illustration of what occurs in the brain during this process. A subject is connected to the EEG equipment and shown images of different faces. The brain activity was then recorded and used to digitally recreate the image in the mind of the subject by using a technique based on machine learning algorithms.

Previously Nestor successfully used an MRI to reconstruct facial images, but the EEG had not been tried before. The MRI detects changes in blood flow that is a measure of brain activity, but the EEG has a more practical potential as the EEG is portable and it is a less expensive process.

Another way to understand these methods is the time scale as the MRI measures in seconds while the EEG measures in milliseconds. The EEG shows in great detail how the percept of a face develops in our brains. It only takes 0.17 seconds to see a good representation of the face seen by the subject.

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In Summary

Data image reconstruction via the EEG has great potential from a neurotechnological standpoint, although this field is controversial as some people do not like the idea of a human brain wired to a machine. The researchers in Nestor’s lab would like to broaden their studies beyond just faces as they see broader clinical applications in the future.

Some future applications could include a way for people to communicate that are unable to speak verbally. The neural-based reconstruction could include memories as well. They see forensic uses for law enforcement for eyewitness information on potential suspects rather than depending on a verbal description and a sketch artist. The new areas of research for the brain are fascinating.

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© 2020 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Robert Sacchi on November 02, 2020:

You're welcome.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 02, 2020:

Thank you, Robert.

Robert Sacchi on November 01, 2020:

Stay safe Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 01, 2020:

Hi again Robert,

I think that is the only way the test would be valid. I might look at some more of my sources about this. Have a good day Robert.

Robert Sacchi on October 31, 2020:

Yes, it seems that is something interesting to test. I was thinking in terms of a complex system shown to someone with no expertise in an area. Would there be a difference between choosing the good one over the bad one?

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 31, 2020:

Hi Umesh,

Thank you so much for your very nice comments.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 31, 2020:

Nice article on mind power and potential. Well presented.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 31, 2020:

Hi Robert,

There have been scientific tests for intuition. I haven't researched that very well, but I may. The brain is so interesting.

I am glad you found the article interesting and I appreciate your comments.

Robert Sacchi on October 30, 2020:

Interesting. I wonder if there have ever been any scientific tests for intuition?

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 29, 2020:

Hi Adrienne,

I agree that there are so many things tyhat are heard to explain. I wish I could talk to that great grandfather. I appreciate your comments.

Adrienne Farricelli on October 29, 2020:

I love learning about the brain and the amazing things we can accomplish. Your great, great grandfather sounded really talented. There are so many things that are hard to explain.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 27, 2020:

Hi Ms Dora,

The brain is fascinating for sure. Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 27, 2020:

The brain is amazing! Thanks for these stories and explanations. Fascinating, as usual!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2020:

Hi Manatita.

You have spelled things out very accurately. I do present the facts that I find through my research, but the Lord is my path in this life.

People do like love curiosity and sensationalism but the path to peace is quite different. You read me quite well, Manatita. The a bank you for your comments. Have a blessed week.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 26, 2020:

The brain is definitely a fascinating part of the body. There is so much that scientists are learning about it and there is still probably lots more that will arise in the future.

It's so interesting that you family tree has someone who had telekinesis in it. Our isn't half as interesting.

manatita44 from london on October 26, 2020:

A lot of thought-provoking ideas here. At least you are opening up yourself to new ideas and reading Jung - not Freud - is never a bad thing.

These sensational things do happen, but we do not dwell on them as God-seekers on Sri Chinmoy's Path. The way to inner peace is an entirely different story, yet humans love curiosity and sensationalism.

Just saying, as I know that you are a great writer and simply present the facts relating to the theme you wish to develop or explore. A fine piece!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2020:

Hi Nell,

You need to write a story about your personal experience. I am glad you enjoyed this article and you comments are appreciated.

Nell Rose from England on October 26, 2020:

Precognition and Telekinesis are my two! I have had precognition since I was a kid, very long story, and yes a little bit of Telekinesis to. This was fascinating!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2020:

Hi Shauna,

I also think that some of the research is invasive, but like it or not, it seems to be the future. The videos are really interesting too. I am glad you enjoyed the article.

Thank you for commenting and I hope you have a great week.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2020:

Hi Flourish,

Yes, mind over matter is the way to go. I found the research for this article to be fascinating Thanks so much for your comments. Have a good week!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2020:

Hi Alyssa,

I am so glad you enjoyed this article. Healthy skepticism is good. It's too bead that grandfather lived so log ago. I appreciate your comments. Have a great week!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 26, 2020:

This is fascinating, Pamela. The mind is certainly a mysterious, yet powerful creature.

I don't think I like the idea of an EEG being able to recreate what a person sees, thinks, or perceives. To me, that's invasion of one's being (soul). I would however, be curious to see what that "picture" looks like. I'll have to come back to watch the videos.

I think it's totally cool that your great-great grandfather was a telekinetic. That would be amazing to witness.

Really great topic, Pamela. As I said, I'll be back to check out the videos.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 26, 2020:

Your description of using this for law enforcement is particularly intriguing as eyewitness accounts are problematic. The story of your relative was really fascinating—definitely mind over matter!

Alyssa from Ohio on October 26, 2020:

I love this article! I've always been fascinated with the brain and I enjoy reading up on the latest research. I'm a firm believer in the power of thought. Mindset and attitude are everything! I think it's so interesting to hear about psychic powers, but I always hold a healthy level of skepticism. How cool about your great, great grandfather! That definitely would've been a sight to see him perform those great feats.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2020:

Hi Abby,

I find all those arts interesting but I am not much of a believer as there are so many scams out there. Thanks for the comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2020:

Hi Abby,

I find all those arts interesting but I am not much of a believer as there are so many scams out there. Thanks for the comments.

Abby Slutsky from America on October 26, 2020:

This was an interesting article. I am not really a believer in the ability to move objects, but then again I am not much into the supernatural arts.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2020:

Hi Lorna,

I have not heard of anyone else in my family with my grandfather's skill, yet maybe it is because no one tired. I have thought about it.

I agree that we have much to learn about the brain and any new research is always interesting. I hope treatments advance in the near future.

Thank you so much for your comments. Have a wonderful week.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2020:

Hi Lora,

I am always fascinated with what I learn after I write an article. The communication with your twin is amazing and I didn't know you had a masters in psychology. The brain is a fascinating topic for sure.

Thank you so much for your generous comments and sharing your personal experience. I really appreciate it. Have a wonderful week, Lora.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2020:

Hi Linda,

Thank you so much for your comments. Have a good week!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 26, 2020:

Hi MG,

The story of Peter Hurkos is amazing and there are others like him that have lived such a life. The brain and the thoughts we have are more powerful than many realize.

I appreciate your generous comments, as always.

Lorna Lamon on October 26, 2020:

There is still so much we do not know about the brain and I was fascinated by this article. Your Grandfather sounds like a very interesting character - I wonder if this type of ability can be passed to other members of the family. As science continues to progress, hopefully cures for various brain disorders will be found. Great article Pamela.

Lora Hollings on October 26, 2020:

Having majored in psychology and attaining a master's degree in this field, I've always been fascinated with the mind and how our thoughts shape our reality. In fact, our thoughts have more power to change our lives for better or for worse more than anything else. Carl Jung was always one of my favorite theorists and I find his idea of the collective unconscious that we share as humans due to shared experiences to be an awesome insight. I've experienced mental telepathy myself. I remember communicating with my twin in my mother's womb before I was born. I remembered it very vividly for many years until one day I told her, and she said that she remembered it too. There is certainly a lot that we don't know about the brain and I think as we learn more, we will see that its potential is truly unlimited! Thank you, Pamela, for your fascinating article on this amazing organ. You have a wonderful way of taking complex material and making it more accessible. Thanks for sharing!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 25, 2020:

You've discussed some very interesting and thought-provoking ideas in this article. Thank you, Pamela.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on October 25, 2020:

- Pamela this is a powerful article., I am aware the brain can also develop psychic powers. I remember reading the biography of Peter Hurkos who was a cleaner in World War 2; fell from a window during a German air raid and after recovery realized that he had developed extra sensory perception in the sense he could see the future of the person whose hand he held. You have given a very wide canvas in your article

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 25, 2020:

Hi Eric,

You did not go to long as I am always interested in your comments. Our brains are amazing. Empathy and long time partners would actually be an interesting research topic. I am fascinated by our souls along with love and I also think it is much more than a chemical reaction.

Thanks for your comments, Eric. I hope you have a good week.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 25, 2020:

I am amazed at what our brains can do but never surprised. You did a great job here, I learned a lot. I have no problem believe the ability to do things outside of itself. I think empathy and long time partners feeling each other are gateways to further understandings. I of course am fascinated by our soul and what the brain does there and love which I do not think is just chemical reactions.

Oops I went on too long.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 25, 2020:

Hi Kalpana,

It is hard to imagine my grandfather could do those things and of course, it was before I was born. I might like to see that movie.

I agree the brain can be scary. I appreciate your comments.

Kalpana Iyer from India on October 25, 2020:

Wow, your grandfather sounds like a really interesting person. The human brain fascinates me too. Scares me a bit as well. You never know what it has in plan for you - hallucinations, memory loss, taking over your thinking. I watched a movie called Brain on Fire which only increased my fright and fascination.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 25, 2020:

Hi Linda,

The story of you friend is wonderful. I imagine it was a tough recovery but the fact is he recovered. Our brains are so interesting and I imagine I will write more in the future on this topic. I love the fact that you can think a positive thought over and over again and the neurons remember it.

Thanks so much for your comments, Linda. Have a wonderful week.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 25, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

Yes, that is why I put that video up as I thought it was so interesting. I like the idea that people with traumas may be helped in the future also. This is a fascinating topic to me too. I appreciate your comments, Peggy.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 25, 2020:

Hi Ankita,

This is such a huge topic and I did try to simplify the points I wanted to make, so thank you so much for your nice comments.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 25, 2020:

Fascinating topic and you could probably write many, many more on the brain. I know that our brains can relearn after they are damaged. I had a dear friend who was shot in the head and partially paralyzed on the right side. He learned how to write with his left hand and had regained much of the motor function that he lost.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2020:

Studying the brain is fascinating. I saw that piece about showing images to people while they were having EEG's done. It was on 60 Minutes, I believe. It showed how different areas of the brain light up when stimulated. I like the fact that this type of information might be used to help people in the future recover from traumas or disabilities, etc.

Ankita B on October 25, 2020:

Excellent article. This is a very fascinating topic and it was great to read this article. You have explained many things in a simple way. Thank you for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 25, 2020:

Hi Devika,

The brain is so interesting and I am glad you liked this article. Thank you so much for your very nice comments.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 25, 2020:

Pamela this is fascinating about the brain. I got interested from the moment I started reading. It shows how our minds work through the brain. Just incredible!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 25, 2020:

Hi Bill,

This is a fascinating topic and I think you are right about scientist not scratching the surface. Your generous commentsd are appreciated, Bill. I hope you have a wonderful week.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 25, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

I found that research fascinating also. I'm glad you liked the article. Thanks for your comments. Have a lovely Sunday.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 25, 2020:

It's a fascinating topic for sure. I can't begin to comprehend the brain. I doubt scientists have even scratched the surface of knowledge about it. Thanks for your information, Pamela. As always, nicely written and very clearly stated.

Be well, my friend!

Rosina S Khan on October 25, 2020:

I found this to be an interesting topic- about the brain, Pamela. I especially found it intriguing that the EEG shows in great detail how the perception of a face develops in our brains. Great read, thanks.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 25, 2020:

Hi Maria,

I am glad you loved this article as it was rather hard to write. The brain is such a big topic but I loved that you can think positive thoughts to change the neural pathways. I would have loved to attend that webinar.

I hope you are doing well, Maria. Have a wonderful Sunday. Love.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on October 25, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

The brain is profoundly fascinating to me - I loved this article.

I attended a recent webinar that also spoke of intentionally changing our thinking which forms new neural pathways, in the area of trauma recovery. It ultimately helps the person get relief from the ongoing 'flight or fright' response that protected them during the actual trauma.

Happy peaceful Sunday. Love, Maria