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  1. Although it may take about 16 mins for sunlight to travel to the moon and then reflect back to your position on the sun, the actual reflected light from the moon will only show the moon as it appeared 8 mins ago. Although the light from the sun to the moon and back to sun may require about 16 mins, the moon's reflection is only 8 mins old. Essentially, the light in that reflection is 16 mins old but the reflection itself is only 8 mins. Just to add a bit more, the moon's visage is not in the 8 mins of light that travels from the sun. Its visage is only in the 8 mins of light that is ref
  2. Precisely; consciousness is a global quality that is not localized to the output of a specific brain structure. As I've commented, the consciousness or quality of awareness the evinces intelligence and identity involves a confluence of neural responses from all areas of the brain. To iNow's point, consciousness cannot be ascribed to the brain by how it "looks." Although you may consider the brain relatable to a CPU, it is infinitely more complex in its neural minutia and considerably less in its functional matrix from a perspective of its evolution. Constructing a brain that produc
  3. If we are discussing consciousness, we should all agree on how we define that quality. In its most basic form, consciousness is merely the awareness exhibited by an organism's responses to stimuli. In brain function, this basic awareness is suggested by our brain's efferent responses to afferent stimuli. Our brain produces two basic forms of awareness, which are the two basic forms of efferent responses our brain generates. We term these basic responses as conscious and unconscious. Conceptualizing consciousness as a type of frequency our brain generates may be a bit misguided. In
  4. I've commented on this subject before with actual evidence presented in an article link that iNow provided: About life and consciousness. - Page 9 - General Philosophy - Science Forums As I suggested, consciousness occurs in brain function where afferent (input) sensory stimuli merges with efferent (output) sensory responses.
  5. Hello All, I began my recent spade of discussions on dreaming as an effort to encourage exchanges, among interested minds, that would enhance my perspective of mind and consciousness in brain function and deepen my understanding of certain types or forms of dreaming. In that effort, I’ve shared my personal dream experiences which is, frankly, not very easy for me to do. Dreams convey so much information to me that sharing them is like publicly exposing one’s medical/psychological history. Fortunately, as I’ve learned, there are precious few who share my degree of insight or even intere
  6. I saw that documentary and I was engrossed from start to finish!
  7. Las Vegas developer, Robert Bigelow, is offering almost $1,000,000 to neurologists or psychologists as follows: "Specifically, the billionaire wants to know if it is possible "the survival of human consciousness beyond bodily death ." To do this, scientists, neurologists and psychologists have until August 1, 2021 to submit a response of up to 25 thousand words. A group of specialist judges will select the winner on November 1. Thus the first place will receive 500 thousand dollars, the second 300 thousand and the third 150 thousand." I think I can answer that question in 1 word but
  8. If I understand correctly, you're presenting a position that correlates genetically based racial distinctions with variations in brain size that confer variations in intelligence. Let's start with the genetics, which does not confer intelligence unless their expression result in malformations that inhibit normal or average brain development or function. Homo sapiens, as a species, share a commonality of brain development, structure, and function that may only be altered invitro or after birth as a result of nutritional, environmental, or social influences and effects. What I'm stating here
  9. If there is some real or practical advantage to understanding dream content, one may ask, what is it? A primary advantage, as many mental healthcare providers could attest, is psychological. Dream content can provide remarkably clear insight on the psychological underpinnings of our thoughts and behaviors. However, for several years now, I've investigated whether there is any materially overt advantage to knowing anything about dream content. Well, the juries still out on the latter; however, at the very least, I've proven to my own satisfaction that the psychological advantages are real.
  10. You're quite right, perhaps I should unearth and revisit whatever notes I may have jotted down at the time as reassurance. I kept a journal--diary as some may reference-- of my daily experiences as a record of significant events that I may reflect on in my later years. I now keep a sort of dream journal for a similar purpose.
  11. Over my long years I, as have many others, have had many such dream types that tend to reflect the resonant effects of stress and anxiety that persist amid the aroused state of dreaming in brain function. Dreaming is how our sleeping brain responds to stimuli in sleep, which means they don't occur without a cause that can't be traced back to some resonant influence of primarily mental significance. Precisely! Perhaps intuition is just a convenient or simpler way to describe the perception and thought processes our brain unconsciously engages amid our conscious wakeful focus on more im
  12. Apologies, I should have qualified my use of "precognitive dream" as a reference distinguishable from some unproven psychic phenomena. It is not a suggestion that I or anyone possesses some extraordinary perceptual ability. As I perceive and use this reference, it describes the predictive nature of a dream type and content that isn't anymore extraordinary that weather forecasting. Meteorologists, for example, can forecast atmospheric occurrences within a relative degree of certainty with sufficient data. Likewise, there's a significant amount of sensory experiences that escape our consciou
  13. Understandably, most people of serious mind and interests would rather consign this topic of discussion to the trash bin. From an unstudied perspective, understanding the true nature of dreams and dreaming appears to offer no real or practical advantage to our material pursuits and interests. Many years ago, I was of similar mind until I experienced a curious dream involving a muddy shoe. A remarkably vivid experience, I dreamed about a shoe belonging to my younger sister that appeared as placed in a bathroom sink. I awoke immediately and, throughout that morning, I thought the dream v
  14. Hello All, Through my previous SFN posts (Progression of Sleep to Dreaming, Dreams and Dreaming, & Dreams and Memory), I believe I've sufficiently established the nature of dreaming in brain function and that dreams are meaningful. Yet some of you, who may still have some interest, may still have doubts regarding all or, specifically, the latter. Indeed, dreams are meaningful in that they uniquely interpret the resonant sensory influences unconsciously affecting the brain's response centers in sleep. So, one may ask more specifically, what are these "resonant influences and how are
  15. Quite right, thanks!
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