Category: spirituality

Apr 12 2016

Brain imaging during LSD use

Increased visual cortex cerebral blood flow (CBF), decreased visual cortex alphapower, and a greatly expanded primary visual cortex (V1) functional connectivity profile correlated strongly with ratings of visual hallucinations, implying that intrinsic brain activity exerts greater influence on visual processing in the psychedelic state, thereby defining its hallucinatory quality. Neural correlates of the LSD experience revealed by …

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Oct 01 2012

Swastika-bearing Buddhist statue was chiseled from a meteorite

In 1938 a team of Nazis traveling in Tibet came across the statue and—possibly intrigued by the familiar bent-armed cross—brought it back to Germany. There, the “Iron Man” remained in a private collection in Munich until 2007, when the statue became available for study. Since then, Elmar Buchner of the Planetology Institute at Stuttgart University has been analyzing …

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Aug 30 2010

An idle brain may be the self’s workshop

…Until recently, scientists would have found little of interest in the purposeless, mind-wandering spaces between Mrazek’s conscious breakfast-making tasks — they were just the brain idling between meaningful activity. But in the span of a few short years, they have instead come to view mental leisure as important, purposeful work — work that relies on …

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Sep 02 2008

Zen meditation really does clear the mind

…Zen meditation could help treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (so-called ADD or ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, major depression and other disorders marked by distracting thoughts. via Study: Zen Meditation Really Does Clear the Mind

Feb 02 2006

Meditation found to increase brain size

People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don’t.