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EDN Themes: Science & Nature

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BodyMind: Candace Pert - The Physiology of Learning


In Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine, Candace Pert begins to map out a physiological basis for learning. The insights presentede by Pert have a direct connection to David Simon's insights into Vital Energy as well as Richard Restak's insights into plasticity and the brain. Each of these authors are in effect mapping out the unity that exists between mind, body, and spirit. In Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine Candace Pert begins to map out cellular connections from brain to mind to body that have a direct impact on our emotional health and well-being.

Most psychologists treat the mind as disembodied, a phenomenon with little or no connection to the physical body. Conversely physicians treat the body with no regard to the mind or the emotions. But the body and mind are not separate, and we cannot treat one without the other.

Research has shown that the body can and must be healed through the mind and the mind can and must be healed through the body.
- Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine

The idea of the bodymind, or mind-body connection, is explored in a manner that integrates physiology with experience. My interest here is in exploring references to learning and physiology...

Posted in Science & Nature | (Nov25/03) | Read/Comments (0) |

Brain: Narratives, Neural Pathways & Experience

brainscapes.jpgModern research is revealing an intimate relationship between narrative and the physical structure of the brain. Moreover, the relationship is a dynamic one in which the "normal" brain is viewed as an ever-changing physical structure that undergoes constant transformation based on the experiences we have. Ideas such as the neural narrative [David Suzuki] and the ability to literally rewire our minds [Richard Restak] are compelling...

Posted in Science & Nature | (Sep21/05) | Read/Comments (0) |

Epidemic - Pandemic: Tracking The Avian Influenza N5H1 (Bird Flu)

Avian Influenza N5H1 (Bird Flu) is capturing global attention. The amount of available information concerning the virus is daunting. I listened to some recent media reports that seemed to be more interested in spreading fear and panic than useful information people can use. The threat of illness and death is of course real - but avoiding, or at least minimizing, the effects fear and panic in the face an epidemic is a basic survival technique. This entry will track my own exploartions of Avian Influenza N5H1...

Posted in Science & Nature | (Oct22/05) | Read/Comments (0) |

Learning: The Ecology of Learning

Many of today's metaphors for "new" approaches to education are connecting themselves to phenomenon associated with the natural environment. For example, ideas about the ecology of learning, or a learning ecology, is intended to explore ideas about how people learn through the lens of the relationships between living things and their environment. A network learning environment invites us to explore learning through the interconnectedness of all things (n.b. - sometimes the idea of a "network" is limited to a new media metaphor which in turn reduces the effectiveness of the connection). However, whether we consider the ideas to be new or not is of less importance than exploring the possibilities for an ecology of learning...

Posted in Science & Nature | (Nov23/05) | Read/Comments (0) |

Memory: Remembering & Forgetting

Forget Something? We Wish We Could: A new science is being developed called Therapeutic Forgetting according to this WebMDHealth article. The notion is that if we can help people to erase traumatic experiences from memory, then they can improve their emotional well being. I wonder how many of us would really want to have bad experiences in our lives erased instead of finding ways to go through the core of these negative experiences in order to emerge from them with a new vitality...

Posted in Science & Nature | (Oct25/05) | Read/Comments (0) |

Research Archive: Science & Nature

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Posted in Science & Nature | (Dec27/04) | Read/Comments (0) |