Complexity in Nature – Brain Connections

Tamily Weissman, Jeff Lichtman, and Joshua Sanes (2005)

A recent article on the Scientific American website detailed the extraordinary work being undertaken by scientists studying the complex array of connections and neural pathways in the brain. The following link will take you to a brief video explaining the current efforts being made to track these vitally important connections:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/video.cfm?id=820057168001

There can be no question that this area of research is illuminating the sometimes mysterious inner workings of our miraculous three pound mental organ, and the exquisite beauty of the images produced by the work are awe-inspiring:

Tamily Weissman, Jeff Lichtman and Joshua Sanes (2005)

The complexity of the human brain as described and demonstrated by these technologies is truly fascinating. The intricate workings of the brain’s many components–the synthesis of chemical and genetic functions, the coordination of the many physiological functions and systems, the neural networks that manifest intelligence and make possible the awareness of what we call, “the Self,” as well as perception, differentiation, and experiential consciousness–are indeed miraculous!

From the earliest inklings of consciousness in our ancient ancestors, to the current levels of modern consciousness, the gradual expansion of our awareness and intelligence that permitted the discovery of these technologies, has brought us to a most dynamic epoch in the history of human existence. What one may wish to call the “evolution of consciousness,” or “inner evolution,” as I have pursued it, may eventually result in a far greater awareness than we presently enjoy, as well as other capacities about which we only have inklings today.

About jjhiii24
Way back in 1973, as a young man embarking on the journey of a lifetime, I experienced what Carl Jung described as “the eruption of unconscious contents,” which compelled me to seek the path I continue to pursue to this day. The path of discovery has led me through an astonishingly diverse range of explorations in philosophy, science, and religion, as well as the many compelling ideas in the literature and scriptures of the cultures of the world. There is, in my view, a compelling thread made up of components of each, that runs through the fabric of life. The nature and study of human consciousness has been a compelling subject for me for more than twenty years. I have spent a great deal of my time and energies trying to come to terms with my own very particular “inner experience” of life, and to somehow understand how the events and flow of my temporal life have directly been influenced by the workings within. Sharing what I have come to understand about my own “Inner Evolution,” has tasked my intellect and communications skills in a big way. I am only just beginning to feel confident enough in the results of my study and contemplation to express the many various aspects of what I have uncovered within myself. I am hopeful that my own subjective and personal experience of my own “human spirit” will resonate with others, and encourage them to explore their own.

One Response to Complexity in Nature – Brain Connections

  1. soadioh says:

    Very insightful! Thanks alot.

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