Friday, August 4, 2017

Chris Weller — A neuroscientist who studies decision-making reveals the most important choice you can make


Entrainment is the secret of raising the level of individual consciousness and also the level of collective consciousness.

This is the essence of the answer to the question about living a good life in a good society.

The ancients knew this and this is the perennial wisdom of the sages.

This article is about interpersonal relationships, which are indeed basic, but it applies to all influences a person is exposed to and therefore involves choices about what to expose oneself to.

World Economic Forum
A neuroscientist who studies decision-making reveals the most important choice you can make

8 comments:

Matt Franko said...

If everyone went into humanities we'd all be dead pretty quickly....

Tom Hickey said...

If everyone went into humanities we'd all be dead pretty quickly...

I fail to see what that has to do with the linked article and its implications. Care to explain?

Matt Franko said...

"and therefore involves choices about what to expose oneself to."

Well if you choose to go into material endeavors then that is important too (food/clothing/shelter/etc) .. and not easy to deal with either... perhaps less arbitrary than dealing with people but probably more complex ...

Tom Hickey said...

The article is about choosing company to keep. I added that other things figure in too. Examples would be the music you listen to, the stuff you read, the media you watch, etc.

This is understandable in terms of physical phenomena like resonance that have measurable effects on brain activity and can be distinguish based on type of activity (frequency) and the parts of the brain that are involved.

Matt Franko said...

Oh... well there is a lot of repetitive training activities in material systems...

Tom, I recently came into possession (free ;) of one of these systems:

https://www.interactivemetronome.com

I'm going to check it out the guy I got it from swears by it... has to do with training a persons timing and then that is supposed to have permanent (positive) cognitive effects...

Looks interesting at least...

jrbarch said...

Study in Consciousness by Annie Besant
CHAPTER VI.
UNITY OF CONSCIOUSNESS.
1. CONSCIOUSNESS A UNIT.

IN studying the very varied manifesta¬tions of consciousness, we are apt to forget two important facts: first, that the consciousness of each man is a Unit, however separate and different from each other its manifestations may appear to be; secondly, that all these Units themselves are parts of the consciousness of the Logos, and therefore re-act similarly under similar conditions. We cannot too often remind ourselves that consciousness is one; that all apparently separate consciousnesses are truly one, as one sea might pour through many holes in an embankment. That sea-water might issue from the holes differently coloured, if the embankment were composed of differently coloured earths; but it would all be the same sea-water; analysed, it would all show the presence of the same characteristic salts. So are all consciousnesses from the same ocean of consciousness, and have many essential identities. Enveiled in the same kind of matter, they will act in the same kind of way, and reveal their fundamental identity of nature.

The individual consciousness appears to be a complexity instead of a unity, when its manifestations are concerned, and modern psychology speaks of dual and treble and multiplex personality, losing sight of the fundamental unity among the confusion of the manifold. Yet truly is our consciousness a Unit, and the variety is due to the materials in which it is working.

The ordinary waking-consciousness of a man is the consciousness working through the physical brain at a certain rate imposed by it, conditioned by all the con¬ditions of that brain, limited by all its limitations, baulked by the varying obstructions it offers, checked by a clot of blood, silenced by the decay of tissue. At every moment the brain hinders its manifestations, while at the same time it is, on the physical plane, its only enabling instrument of manifestation.

When the consciousness, turning its attention away from the external physical world, ignores the denser part of the physical brain, and uses only the etheric portions thereof, its manifestations at once change in character. The creative imagi¬nation disports itself in etheric matter, and drawing on its accumulated contents, obtained from the external world by its denser servant, it arranges them, dis¬sociates, and recombines them after its own fancies, and creates the lower worlds of dream.

When it casts aside for a while its ethereal garment, turning its attention away completely from the physical world, and shedding its fetters of physical matter, it roams through the astral world at will, or drifts through it unconsciously, turning all its attention to its own contents, receiving many impacts from that astral world, which it ignores or accepts according to its stage of evolution, or its humour of the moment. If it should manifest itself to an outside observer - as may happen in trance-con¬ditions - it shows powers so superior to those it manifested when imprisoned in the physical brain, that such an observer, judging only by physical experiences, may well regard it as a different con¬sciousness.

Still more is this the case when, the astral body being thrown into trance, the Bird of Heaven shows itself soaring into loftier regions, and its splendid flight so enchants the observer that he deems it a new being, and no longer the same entity as crawled in the physical world. Yet truly is it ever one and the same; the differences are in the materials with which it is connected, and through which it works, and not in itself.

As to the second important fact stated above, man is not yet sufficiently developed to appreciate any evidence as to the unity of consciousness in its workings above the physical plane, but its unity on the physical plane is being demonstrated.

'Without the self, we have no-one; nothing' ...

Matt Franko said...

"happiness has nothing to do with experiences, material goods, or personal philosophy."

So he is saying anyone who goes into STEM can't be happy this is absurd ...

jrbarch said...

We need to connect the dots within ourselves first.

The most important one is that there is a yearning, coming from the heart, that nothing in this world has ever been able to assuage: - by nothing that mind, emotions, or physicality, has ever come up with; by nothing that the ‘I’ has ever appropriated to itself.

All ‘happiness’ on the outside is temporary; conditional. It doesn’t take much to upset it.

Happiness is when that inner yearning is fulfilled, each moment, of each day. It is a fullness of the heart, the presence of a feeling within the heart, an energy; it is not dependent upon anything other than itself.

How to tap this inner potential is the human dilemma; how to understand its impact on the mind, emotions and physicality (the human personality) another; how it causes an evolution of that personality another.

This ‘knowledge’ has always been known as ‘Ray Vidya’. It is becoming aware, becoming conscious of your own essential nature, and fulfilling it. Beyond the society - but in harmony with Life. ”Today is another opportunity, to try to savour the joy within”.

There is no greater darkness in the human personality, than an absence of the self (happiness is one of its aspects). Is not the world, in desparate need of light (understanding)? We are losing our humanity - and for what? Look at the ideals people are fighting for: - the heart knows better.

It’s so simple.