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100% courtesy of NeuroscienceNews.com’s article: http://neurosciencenews.com/author/neurosciencenew/
Summary: Neurons found to be abnormal in psychosis play an important role in our ability to distinguish between what is real and what is perceived, researchers say.
Source: University of Western Ontario.
New Western University research shows that neurons in the part of the brain found to be abnormal in psychosis are also important in helping people distinguish between reality and imagination.
The researchers, Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo, principal investigator and professor at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Dr. Diego Mendoza-Halliday, postdoctoral researcher at M.I.T., investigated how the brain codes visual information in reality versus abstract information in our working memory and how those differences are distributed across neurons in the lateral prefrontal cortex region of the brain. The results were published today in Nature Communications.
“You can look at my shirt, and then if I move out of your vision, even with your eyes open you can still see the colour of my shirt in your mind,” explained Martinez-Trujillo, based at the Brain and Mind Institute and Robarts Research Institute at Western University. “That is what we call working memory representations or short-term memory representations – they are abstract, they are imaginary and they don’t exist in reality, but in our minds. Real objects in our visual field, we call perceptual representations. We are trying to determine whether there are neurons in the brain that can signal to a person whether a representation is real or imaginary.”
“The huge, red star Betelgeuse , which marks the hunter’s shoulder in the constellation Orion, may have swallowed up a companion star not long ago, a new study suggests.
Betelgeuse is a “red supergiant” that will soon die in a supernova explosion. As the name of its stellar class indicates, Betelgeuse has bloated immensely as the end of its life has neared. Although Betelgeuse’s mass is just 15 to 25 times that of the sun, the star is currently about 860 million miles across, or 1,000 times wider than Earth’s star. (If you put Betelgeuse in the sun’s location, the red star’s surface would extend past the orbit of Mars and into the asteroid belt.)
Such an enormous star should be spinning slowly, since rotation rate decreases as size increases. (Think about how ice-skaters control their spin speed by bringing their arms in close to their body or extending them.) But that’s not the case with Betelgeuse, which is rotating at a blazing 33,500 mph, astronomers said.
“We cannot account for the rotation of Betelgeuse,” study lead author J. Craig Wheeler, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin, said in a statement. “It’s spinning 150 times faster than any plausible single star just rotating and doing its thing.”
But Wheeler and his colleagues may have an answer. Their computer models suggest that Betelgeuse’s puzzling spin could be explained if the giant gobbled up a companion roughly the same mass as the sun 100,000 years or so ago. (The angular momentum of the companion’s orbit would be transferred to Betelgeuse, speeding up the giant’s rotation to its current rate.)
This act of cannibalism likely would have spurred a cosmic belch of sorts, causing Betelgeuse to blast a cloud of material out into space at about 22,400 mph, Wheeler said. Indeed, astronomers have spotted a shell of matter at roughly the distance from Betelgeuse that this scenario predicts, he added.
Although there are other possible explanations for this space cloud, “the fact is, there is evidence that Betelgeuse had some kind of commotion on roughly this timescale,” Wheeler said.
Betelgeuse lies about 640 light-years from the sun. Like other supergiants, it will die young; the star is only about 10 million years old. The sun, by contrast, is nearly 4.6 billion years old and is only about halfway through its life.
The new study was published on Dec. 19 in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.”
Originally published on Space.com.
Was recently looking into brain/mind mechanics and came back upon the issue of conspiracy theories/theorists and how it relates.
One of the things that struck me about the people who conceive, cultivate and promote conspiracy theories and the rest is that it isn’t just 1 or 2 conspiracy theories with them. It’s an endless array.
… that’s a BIG red flag to anyone, or at least should be if you’re going to be honestly objective.
Add that to the fact that the bottom line is it’s THEORY promoted (that’s inexplicably accepted) as “fact”.
An extreme conditioned pattern of theories based purely on suspicion, leading back to “suspicious mind” with “intention bias” (“nothing happens by accident“) that mixes with “proportionality bias” (“extreme events/consequence must have extreme causes“) that then becomes “bias projection” (end application) that misinterprets theory for/as fact and furthers them as such.
“Everything (must) mean something”, the Achilles’s heal for those with intelligence. Order, sense, structure, pattern, meaning, our minds crave it while some egos demand it.
Similar to seaing an undastendang dis sentunce evun tho itz cumpleetlee massed up & unfinis____.
Better representative are the incomplete black and white images where our mind completes the missing info so much so that we actually see what is truly not there.
Intention bias and bias projection are huge factors.
It’s where one imagines motive and assigns it and reacting outwardly to their own assignation/ conclusion.
It doesn’t just contain itself to grand scale conspiracy theories either, it manifests consistently in other, smaller areas, as well.
Reading into things, between the lines, etc.,. just being a generally suspicious person
Anyone believing in conspiracy theories should look into this, objectively. If you study and/or enjoy psychology, it should be fun, amusing and possibly enlightening.
-I’m not pointing a finger here without pointing one at myself as well (I’m in between a “minor” and a “moderate”).
But (if you believe in any “conspiracy theories”) see where you might fit. Shits and giggles.
Watch and listen to some of the conspiracy theorist gurus/talking-heads, note how they self insulate against any type of questioning, critique or criticism while constantly grooming their audiences that they are of “elite knowledge” and of “superior intelligence” (everyone else are idiots and/or the “enemy”). 100% cult-like, employing the very same mind control they profess to be vigilant against.
-deliberately or just victims preying on victims?
In fact, they took the actual MKultra conspiracy and made lucrative careers from it, milking, building and feeding off paranoia, fear and hate, conjuring “boogeymen” everywhere.
Just some really embarrassingly bogus shit that hinders dramatically the ability to uncover actual conspiracies.
I’m going to add a couple videos on the subject that I think are very germane and interesting ….
cannot resist ….