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Discover what science can teach us about Love. What do you believe our hearts hold? A crucial link that connect our soul to feel love and compassion

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame


Why did Kathy Magliato decided to be a heart surgeon? What tangible and intangible evidence did she find while operating on her patients? Turns out that the answer is simpler than we may think…

Kathy finds amazing connections between the heart and the brain. Our emotions are the crucial link that connect our soul to feel love and compassion. See what she has to say about living each heartbeat to the fullest! 

Jill Bolt Taylor – My stroke of Insight

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , on December 20, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.


brain_lateralization_1Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened — and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery.
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Are You a Psychopath? Take the Test.

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , on November 8, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

Psychologist Kevin Dutton presents the classic psychological test known as “the trolley problem” with a variation. Take the test and measure your response on the psychopathic spectrum.

We all know about the psychopath’s enhanced killer instinct, their finely tuned vulnerability antennae. But it may surprise you to know that there are some situations in
which psychopaths are actually more adept at saving lives than they are at taking them.
So let me give you an example of what I mean by that, okay?  Imagine you’ve got a train and it’s hurtling down a track.  In its path, five people are trapped on the line and cannot escape. Fortunately, you can flick a switch, which diverts the train down a fork in that track, away from those five people, but at a price. There is another person trapped down that fork and the train will kill them instead. Question:  Should you flick the switch?

Now, most people have little trouble deciding what to do under those circumstances; though, the thought of flicking the switch isn’t exactly a nice one, the utilitarian choice as it were, killing just the one person instead of the five represents the least worst option,

But now let me give you a variation. You’ve got a train speeding out of control down a track and it’s gonna plow into five people on the line.  But this time you are standing behind a very large stranger on a footbridge above that track. The only way to save the people is to heave the stranger over.  He will fall to a certain death, but his considerable bulk will block the train, saving five lives.  Question. Should you flick the switch?

Now we’ve got what we might call a real dilemma on our hands, okay.  While the score in lives is precisely the same as in the first scenario, five to one, one’s choice of action appears far trickier.  Now why should that be?  Well, the reason it turns out, all boils down to temperature, okay?

Case one represents what we might call an impersonal dilemma.  It involved those areas of the brain, the prefrontal cortex, the posterior parietal cortex, in particular, the anterior para singular cortex, the temporal pole and the superior temporal sulcus – bit of neuroanatomy for you there – primarily responsible for what we call cold empathy, for reasoning and rational thought. Case two, on the other hand, represents what we might call a personal dilemma.  It involves the emotion center of the brain known as the amygdala, the circuitry of hot empathy.  What we might call the feeling of feeling what another person is feeling.
Now, psychopaths, just like most normal members of the population, have no trouble at all with case one.  They flick the switch and the train   diverts accordingly.  Killing just the one person instead of the five.  But, this is where the plot thickens.  Quite unlike normal members of the population, psychopaths also experience little difficulty with case two.

Psychopaths, without a moment’s hesitation are perfectly willing to chuck the fat guy over the rails, if that’s what the doctor orders.  Now moreover, this difference in behavior has a distinct neural signature.  The pattern of brain activation in both normal people and psychopaths is identical on the presentation of the impersonal moral dilemma, but radically different when things start to get a bit more personal.

Imagine that I were to hook you up to a brain scanner, a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine, and were to present you with those two dilemmas, okay.  What would I observe as you went about trying to solve them?  Well, at the precise moment that the nature of the dilemma switches from impersonal to personal, I would see the emotion center of your brain, your amygdala and related brain circuits, the medial orbital frontal cortex for example, light up like a pinball machine.  I would witness the moment in other words when emotion puts it money in the slot.

But in psychopaths, I would see precisely nothing.  And the passage from impersonal to personal would slip by unnoticed. Because that emotion neighborhood of their brains, that emotional zip code has a neural curfew.  And that’s why they’re perfectly happy to
chuck that fat guy over the side without even batting an eye.

Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd

Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight : This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

Jill Bolte Taylor speaking at TED on February ...

Jill Bolte Taylor speaking at TED on February 27, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One morning in 1996, a blood vessel in Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain exploded. Within moments, her left lobe–the source of ego, analysis, judgement and context–began to fail her. And much to her shock, the Harvard-trained brain scientist felt great. She’d been given a ringside seat to her own stroke, and a host of powerful insights as a result. As Taylor shared with the audience at a recent TED conference, “I believe the more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world, the more peaceful our planet will be.” Or as she put it another way to The New York Times last week, “Nirvana exists right now.” – 

Do you find my brain? - Auf der Suche nach mei...

Do you find my brain? – Auf der Suche nach meinem Gehirn (Photo credit: alles-schlumpf)

BBC Documentary – Stupidity “Full Movie”

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame

India successful in using remote viewing techniques and satellite technologies for counterintelligence and strategic intelligence Sudhir Chadda

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 23, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame


RAW, India’s equivalent of CIA has advanced quite a bit in recent days. Sources close to New Delhi report that RAW is using advanced satellite technologies and remote viewing techniques to look into foreign intelligence activities within India. Remote viewing is the paranormal activities with psychics that can sense into the future and unknown. CIA in America has used remote viewing for many years. Many times remote viewing has worked very well for the CIA and the Russian intelligence.

Recent days India has seen a massive amount Pakistan’s ISI agents arrested all over the country. The situation has gone so bad for Pakistan and Al-Queda that they are looking for reasons what is really happening. Taking clue from CIA, RAW Indian counterpart started remote viewing techniques many years back. They also tried to correlate the remote viewing readings with high tech feedbacks like satellite sensing and imaging. This is being further validated with the agents’ report in the field. The net results for RAW and CBI (Central Bureau of Intelligence – equivalent of FBI) are astounding.

Sources say India has locked in close surveillance over most of foreign agencies within the country. RAW has recently expanded the efforts for strategic intelligence. This include spying over Pakistan, China and the Western nations.

The reason for the success is attributable to traditional Indian cultural richness in spirituality and paranormal activities.

The remote viewing activities are nothing new for India. Indians traditionally have been doing it for thousands of years. But now India is doing it for a reason.

Satellite technologies are also helping understand movement of Pakistan’s ISI supported militants in South Asia. Sources close to RAW say Pakistan’s ISI is more active in Bangladesh and North East India than Kashmir these days. In the field, the agents are confirming these information.

According to some remote viewers, Bangladesh has recently seen enormous amount of violence related to election. Pakistan’s main goal is not Kashmir at this time. It is to hijack Bangladesh again and start a covert front on the east of India.

Remote viewing if applied in a wrong way can cause catastrophe and total embarrassment. An ideal example would be the WMD information in Iraq. Seventy-three thousand pages of secret documents have recently been declassified in the United States. The information unveiled the activity of two special groups that worked with extrasensory individuals. The CIA had to acknowledge that it used remote viewers and other individuals possessing paranormal abilities for intelligence purposes.

According to Pravda.Ru CIA’s remote viewers initiated quest for WMD in Iraq. Obviously they were wrong at least based on what we know today.

CIA’s remote viewing activities has been not all that failure.

“Psychic spy” Joseph McMoneagle also known as “remote viewing agent #001” was shown a spot on the map of the USSR, where the mysterious secret object was supposedly located, as CIA agents thought. McMoneagle put his finger on the map and described the image that he saw in his mind:

“It is a congregation of low stone and concrete buildings. A huge underground warehouse filled with lethal weapons, not only missiles. There are other square and round items there. I see a very high column of smoke, bearing some semblance to a huge lifting crane, rising above the area (it was most likely the smoke of a nuclear blast). The people inhabiting that place are sick. Their hair is receding, their bones are putrefying. They deliver sick children, and they are still obsessed with some idea.”

It was quite an eloquent description for secret agents to understand, what kind of an object was located in Semipalatinsk (which is now a town in the republic of Kazakhstan). Then CIA Director Richard Helms moved the paranormal espionage from the category “Research” to the category “Practice.” Joseph McMoneagle’s success as a remote viewer increased the funding of such unusual activities, not to mention the improved moral aspect. The US authorities spent about $2 million a year on a rather small group of 20 extrasensory individuals in the 1990s.

Other achievements of American psychic agents include: factories making weapons of mass destruction in third world countries, including Iraq (it is not ruled out that the information about WMD in Iraq sprang from remote viewers.) Extrasensory intelligence officers also developed certain recommendations to recruit CIA agents and rendered some other services too.

Sleep Helps Us Remember What We Need To

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 21, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame

The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep. –E. Joseph Cossman

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor : My Stroke of Insight – A Fabulous Journey into the Brain

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 23, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame

Dr. Norman Doidge ,”The Brain That Changes Itself” full show

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 23, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame

If Modern Humans Are So Smart, Why Are Our Brains Shrinking? Here are some leading theories about the why the human brain has been getting smaller since the Stone Age.By Kathleen McAuliffe

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 26, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame