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Breathing: the master clock of the sleeping brain

LMU neuroscientists have shown that breathing coordinates neuronal activity throughout the brain while sleeping and resting.
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While we sleep, the brain is not switched off, but is busy with "saving" the important memories of the day. To do this, brain regions are synchronized to coordinate the transmission of information between them. Yet, the mechanisms that enable this synchronization across multiple remote brain regions are poorly understood. Traditionally, these mechanisms were sought in correlated activity patterns within the brain. However, LMU neuroscientists Prof. Anton Sirota and Dr. Nikolas Karalis have now been able to show that breathing acts as a pacemaker that entrains the various brain regions and synchronizes them with each other.

Breathing is the most constant, enduring, and essential bodily rhythm and exerts a strong physiological effect on the autonomous nervous system. It is also known to modulate a wide range of cognitive functions such as perception, attention, and thought structure. However, the mechanisms of its impact on cognitive function and the brain are largely unknown.

Palette

When art transports us, where do we actually go?

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The Hunters in the Snow (1565) • Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Courtesy: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
An old Chinese legend tells of the painter Wu Daozi (680-c760), who learned to paint so vividly that he was finally able to step inside his work and vanish into the landscape. Magical though it sounds, this legend iterates the common intuition that artworks are more like portals than ordinary objects: they can transport us into other worlds. When I look at Pieter Bruegel's The Hunters in the Snow (1565), I feel like I was there in the frost-bitten village, rather than the galleries of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. When reading Crime and Punishment (1866), the letters on the page conjure a whole world, and in some sense I am no longer in my living room but right there in Dostoevsky's Russia; the cinema, too, is a gateway to faraway galaxies and past centuries.

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Should philosophers censor Kevin MacDonald?

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According to the mainstream narrative about race, "white supremacy" is an all-controlling social force responsible for bad outcomes such as racial disparities. According to an alternative narrative popular on the far-Right, Jewish influence is a similarly powerful force, which explains outcomes disliked by those on the Right, such as multiculturalism and mass immigration.

Last year, I published a paper in the Israeli philosophy journal Philosophia arguing that both the woke and the far-Right narratives are wrong and rooted in similar errors. I focus on the work of Cal State Long Beach psychologist Kevin MacDonald. MacDonald argues that Judaism is a "group evolutionary strategy," and that Jews were a necessary condition for the triumph of liberalism, which he sees as bad for white gentiles. His approach is similar to that of MSNBC anchors who cherry-pick (real or imagined) examples of racism and then spin fanciful stories about how these isolated cases illustrate a "system" of "white supremacy." MacDonald points to examples of prominent Jews promoting liberalism, ignores prominent liberal gentiles, and claims to find evidence that Jewish liberals are secretly motivated to undermine gentile society for the benefit of their co-ethnics.

In my paper I address three specific false claims made by MacDonald and other advocates of the anti-Jewish narrative: Jews (a) are highly ethnocentric, (b) hypocritically promote liberal multiculturalism for gentiles/Western countries but not for Jews/Israel, and (c) were responsible for liberalism and mass immigration to the US.

Comment: The antidote to the circulation of bad ideas is to debate them, not to censor them. This is how we get to the truth. The worst that could happen is you find out you're wrong.


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Breaking the Spell: MindSpace, Trance Warfare, and Neuro Linguistic Programming

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"Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen.

Bertrand Russell
- The Impact of Science on Society (1951)
This article is for anyone who has found themselves frustrated as they tried to speak with family members, friends, co-workers, or complete strangers about the official covid-19 narrative and pandemic response, only to find any kind of rational discussion nearly impossible. This article is for those who have raised concerns over the totalitarian power grab by governments, only to find a significant portion of people "spellbound," with their stories and identities "reframed" to fit the narrative.

From collective sacrifices for the common good being ritualized in the form of "Zoom calls" among atomized individuals and families kept apart by "lockdowns" to the artfully vague and constantly shifting messaging around "stopping the spread" of a virus with a 99% survival rate, this article will demonstrate the attempts to "reframe" humanity using a new form of mass hypnosis. It will demonstrate how common-sense thinking has come to be seen as morbidly eccentric due to the fact that a significant portion of the population has been reprogrammed using a series of trance-inducing public messaging "incantations." Above all, this article will seek to demonstrate how the spells cast over the last two years may be finally broken and the incantations reversed.

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Dogs recognize when humans speak different languages

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© Nenad Stojkovic
Most dog owners out there know their pups are stellar at picking up cues — even very subtle ones. (Especially when it comes to anything having to do with the kitchen.) But a new study from researchers in Hungary shows that dogs are so adept at detecting changes in human behavior they even know when we're speaking a different language. Hopefully their spelling still isn't great though because they get too excited when it's time for a W-A-L-K.

Gizmodo picked up on the new study, which researchers recently published in the journal NeuroImage. The researchers note in their study that "the extent of [dogs'] abilities in speech perception is unknown," and that this study was, in essence, a way to test speech detection and language representation in the canine brain.

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MindMatters: The Managerial Revolution and the Circulation of the Elites

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MindMatters is back! On this New Year's episode, we discuss the work of Michael McConkey on the managerial revolution in the West, its relevance for ponerology, and McConkey's new substack "The Circulation of Elites," which discusses all these topics. Tune in for insights on the "new class", why it provides the perfect cover for political psychopaths, the fundamental (but fixable) weaknesses inherent in liberalism, and more.


Running Time: 01:12:43

Download: MP3 — 99.9 MB



Attention

Power vs Force: The inevitable collapse of the New World Order

Bohm and Krishnamurthi
© Off-Guardian
When the famous quantum theorist, David Bohm, read Jiddu Krishnamurti's "The First and Last Freedom", he was blown away by his insight and knowledge regarding the phenomenon of the observer and the observed. Despite having no university-level training, much less formal education in the sciences, Krishnamurti had, through his philosophical writings, demonstrated a profound understanding of various concepts related to quantum mechanics.

Krishnamurti, an Indian writer, philosopher and speaker, was, at an early age, taken in by the Theosophical Society and groomed to become the new World Teacher. Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater, the leaders of the Theosophical society at the time, nurtured Krishnamurti at their headquarters in Madras.

They, along with a few select associates, undertook the task of educating him, guiding him through mystical teachings and generally 'preparing' him to become the vehicle for 'Lord Maitreya', a highly evolved spiritual being committed to aiding the evolution of mankind.

However, when it came time to 'unveil' Krishnamurti to the world as a great teacher and leader of humanity, Krishnamurti broke all ties with the theosophists, denounced all organised belief, denounced the notion of gurus (and the whole teacher-follower relationship), and devoted himself instead to the pursuit of freedom for both himself and humanity at large.

By the time Bohm had read The First and Last Freedom, Krishnamurti's teachings had developed beyond the point of theosophical influence. Bohm recognized that Krishnamurti's insights were reflected in his own work in quantum theory and felt it urgent to meet with him as soon as possible. Eventually, the two of them did meet face-to-face in London where they exchanged ideas and engaged in rich conversation.

Bohm described his first meeting with Krishnamurti as follows:
I was struck by the great ease of communication with him, which was made possible by the intense energy with which he listened and by the freedom from self-protective reservations and barriers with which he responded to what I had to say."
Bohm recognized his meeting with Krishnamurti as a meeting of minds not unlike that which he felt when talking to other scientists. In fact, he even compared Krishnamurti to Albert Einstein, stating that the two of them "showed a similar intensity and absence of barrier".

Bohm and Krishnamurti met each time they were in London and probed deeply into the nature of time, space and mind. The two of them would inevitably hit on the topic of consciousness and this is where Krishnamurti's insights shined.

Christmas Tree

Don't let cancel culture grinches strip your joy from Christmas

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"It's Christmas Eve! It's the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be! It's a sort of a miracle because it happens every Christmas Eve... There are people that are having trouble making their miracle happen... It's not just the poor and the hungry, it's everybody that's gotta have this miracle!" — Scrooged (1988)
What a year.

It feels as if government Grinches, corporate Scrooges, and cancel culture humbugs have been working overtime to drain every last drop of joy, kindness and liberty from the world.

After endless months of gloom and doom, it can be hard to feel the joy of Christmas in the midst of rampant commercialism, political correctness and the casual cruelty of an apathetic, self-absorbed, dog-eat-dog world.

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The machine model of biology, denial of the mystery, biological reductionism and the scientist who tried to warn us: Interview with Richard Strohman

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Richard Strohman
I knew this interview was important, over the years I always spoke of it; Now I see Richard Strohman was the George Orwell of the rising Genomic Tyranny.
"If we think that the world of organisms is a world of machines, we will begin to treat each other as machines. That is the huge danger of this whole mechanistic model of organisms. That's this terrible nightmare coming true. My worry there was the worry expressed by William Blake: 'What seems to be is, to those to whom it seems to be and is productive of the most dreadful consequences to those to whom it seems to be.' "
- Richard Strohman, PhD
For those who read this article, in which I equated Covid with Luciferian Biology — you may recall I cited an interview that I did not link to at the time, with the late Dr. Richard Strohman. Well, I found it. Reading it now, Strohman's words and warnings are so much more vivid than I was capable of grasping at the time, over 20 years ago.

It still stands as one of the most cherished interviews I ever did.

Prior to this conversation, I knew what but not why. I knew things were very bizarre, and evil, but I didn't understand what ideological dimension it all emerged from — the inception. I have post-facto brushed this up and added some links, and updates. I hope you will take the time to read Dr. Strohman's prophetic warnings about technocratic genomics.

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'Porn is a disgrace': Superstar singer Billie Eilish says watching it has 'destroyed' her brain

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Superstar Billie Eilish opened up about how she started watching porn at around the age of 11 and said she feels watching it has "destroyed" her brain.

"As a woman, I think porn is a disgrace," the 19-year-old singer shared during her appearance on the Sirius XM "The Howard Stern Show" on Tuesday. The comments were noted by Entertainment Tonight.

"I used to watch a lot of porn, to be honest," she added. "I started watching porn when I was like 11. I think it really destroyed my brain and I feel incredibly devastated that I was exposed to so much porn."

Comment: She's right. Hopefully some of her young fans will hear what she's saying and give porn a hard pass. For kids to be exposed to porn during important stages of development could have lifelong consequences.

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