^ Along with Azzy, the Super-Intelligent Monkey of Our Age, I champion the validity, fluidity and vorticity of neutronic matter!
And yes, vorticity!: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorticity
Azz has got me in excited-to-learn-rant-mode. So I'm just going to throw up whatever comes to my demented mind here:
The neuro-plasticity of our brains is incredibly fascinating! It makes me ponder the extent and variety of different activities that one could partake in in order to see this expanding (or, I'm sure, contracting) property of the brain in action. Playing video games, lifting weights (I'm sure this kind of exercise must have an effect on the brain as well and not just the body) are two examples of activities which can increase brain volume....how about continually watching films/television? Does the content of the program as well as the physical act of watching/listening what goes on onscreen both of equal importance on the expanding/contracting brain (if, that is, film does have such an affect)? Or how about listening to different genres of music, or an assortment of recorded noises, or smoking cigarettes, playing the piano, writing books, studying a certain subject in extreme depth, painting pictures, etc.? I suppose that each of these physical or mental activities correlate to different cognitive centers of the brain. If we were to map out the brain and do before and after comparisons of a test subject's brain volume, we might get a better idea of which parts of the brain are stimulated/expanded and are thus responsible for the variety of skills and abilities we are "gifted" with. This kind of experiment (such as the one done with the video games) could also give us clues as the extent of which our brain matter can fluctuate.
Another rant coming...I'm becoming more and more convinced that the key to finding the answer to subjective reality is by studying the processes and functions of our nervous systems. Nothing else. What made me think of this, is the observation that if a person consumes a psychoactive/hallucinogenic chemical, they will often find that their entire perception of reality can be warped, curved, meddled with....this can be done just by introducing a single molecule into the body! This spells out fairly clearly (to me anyway) that conscious awareness of reality is nothing but the result of the bio-chemical process of our brains and bodies. Change/introduce a molecule to the brain/body, and you can change the subjective consciousness that composes human (and other animal) life.
I know I really shouldn't speculate so much with my lack of education in neuroscience, but dammit I like to rant! But I will go inform myself on these topics further...
Edit - Now this is interesting..."The Neurology of Near-Death Experiences": http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hap
Last edited by The Creature (2013-11-17 21:28:07)