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Can We Change? Mystics Say Yes, Science Says No - Or Does It? by Ian R Thorpe.
Medical science has always insisted we cannot change the way our brain works but now that view is changing. A number of scientific studies have proved various things that have nade a lot of science fanatics look silly. The brain can be rewired after traumatic injury, meditation can change the way we think, prayer, riyual and superstition are all beneficial and the placebo effect is a powerful healing tool.

Can We Change? Mystics Say Yes, Science Says No - Or Does It?
by Ian R Thorpe.
2011-01-23
CREATIVE COMMONS: Attribute, non commercial, no derivs.
KEYWORDS: science, religion, faith, belief, brain, change, injury, prayer, ritual, superstition, healing, placebo

30 June 2010

by Ian R Thorpe

This is not so much a post on 'losing your religion' as 'finding your belief.' It arose out of a thread on an earlier LYR post in which one contributor of comments, a Buddhist, said her belief system required a daily act of faith that people can change. I did not really understand that as people demonstrably can change themselves; their personality, attitude to work, relationships, the way their brains work and even physically change the brain. Though psychologists believe therapy can change people there still seems to be a widely held view that such notions are unscientific, that we are programmed in our DNA to be what we are.

In my reply I mentioned a number of properly conducted studies recently published in the UK that demonstrate:

Meditation can change the way the brain works.
Nerve pathways can be rewired after brain trauma. (I can vouch for that one)
Brain plasticity can be used to change the way we react
Rituals and Superstitions do actually work.
The placebo effect is a powerful healing force if patients believe a therapy is helping them
Prayer has a beneficial effect in healing for people who believe in a god.

The British Novelist Jeanette Winterson commented in a teleision discussion recently: "Once again we see science finally getting its head round what mystics have been telling us for thousands of years."

Here in the UK we have had a little war going on for a few years; militant athesists, an intolerant group who seem to have dedicated themselves to shouting down any argument from the religious or people tolerant of relifion, and have attacked anybody who even dared to suggest that science cannot exlain everything and has not even understood the great questions of life. They hurl abuse at those who are not religious but take the view that the view humans might be something more than biological computers and life something infinitely more interesting that a mere chemical accident, will deny that people have a prefect right to attend communal worship, pray in private, kiss lucky charms, avoid walking under ladders, say 'white rabbits' three times on waking on the first of any month or anything else they feel somehow helps them so long as they do not try to impose their beliefs on others. These science lovers have in fact started to behave in the manner of followers of the most fanatical religious cults.

Militant Atheists want to put an end to 'superstition' and 'magical thinking' (Richard Dawkins' phrase not mine although unlike many of his less famous supporters Prof. Dawkins, a polie and humane man, is willing to defend peoples' right to believe whatever helps them make sense of the world..)

Fortuitously for those of us who have been trying to oppose this blatant bullying, in the studies mentioned below results show that prayer, superstition, ritual and meditation have a beneficial effect. In fact we can use such practices as tools in changing the way our bodies and minds work. So here specifically to help one Buddhist relieve herself of that daily act of faith required to believe people can change and perhaps many other people who want to change but have been told it is not scientifically possible, or just for your entertainment perhaps, is a reading list of scientific evidence from studies aimed at improving neurologists' understanding of how our minds work, that there is indeed more going on in our minds (whatever our minds are) than current scientific knowledge can explain.

I have not read all the actual articles, linked here, in many cases I have traced an informative article from humourous references in my own blog and others. You should not find any links to self help books or other irrelevant material or blatant scams to part you from your hard earned but I can;t guarantee nothing has changed since I checked. I will not be commenting much (only replying to people I know or who say something funny or interesting )in the thread. For the purposes of this post I do not agree or disagree with what you will find at any of these links. They are for information. Chat among yourselves but I would like to think it is a topic more suited to quiet, personal consideration.Please don't ask me for information or opinions, I'm only the delivery man, I can't help.

There was another study published last year that has been excluded from the list because I feared it might set the wrong tone for discussion. It showed that even among people who think they are logical and rational, emotions play a far bigger part in our choices and decisions than logic and reason.

CHANGING THE BRAIN AND THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF PRAYER, RITUAL OR SUPERSTITION.

CHANGING THE BRAIN THROUGH MEDITATION AND MENTAL EXERCISE
Science Explores Meditations Effect On The Brain People who meditate say it induces well-being and emotional balance. ... The neuroscientists hypothesize that regular meditation actually alters the way the brain is wired, and that these changes...

Changing The Way The Brain Works
Nevertheless, it was clear that the brain can change the way it does things, and that important dormant areas of the brain can be turned on.

REWIRING THE BRAIN AFTER TRAUMATIC INJURY
Rewiring The Human Brain Rewiring the Brain: Inside the New Science of Neuroengineering ... Human beings worked out a few thousand years ago that the brain is where ...

Rewiring A Damaged Brain The goal is to rewire the brain connectivity and bypass the region damaged by trauma, ... Definitions of Human Brain Components ...

PLASTICITY
Human Brain Plasticity "Human brain plasticity: an emerging view of the multiple substrates and mechanisms that cause cortical changes and related sensory dysfunctions after ...

Neuroscience: What is Brain Plasticity? | SciSeek Science Blog
3 Apr 2008 ... The study of brain plasticity has profound implications in human learning and behavior, and as such, for mental health. ...

PRAYER, RITUAL AND SUPERSTITION
Athletes: Rituals and Superstitions
Why Do So Many Athletes, Have Superstitions and Rituals. Do Superstitions Give Athletes a Performance Edge? By Elizabeth Quinn, About.com Guide ...

NeuroLogica Blog » Superstitions – Not All Bad? 7 Jun 2010 ... Researchers looked at task performance and the carrying out ritual superstitions, like crossing one's fingers. They found: ...

The Healing Power Of Prayer
from Science Daily: 18 Jun 2009 ... Health and religion have always been intertwined, most obviously through prayer on behalf of the sick. Does intercessory prayer for sick ...
The Power Of Prayer In Healing
from BBC News: A massive study finds that patients admitted to hospital with heart trouble fare better if someone is praying for them.

Researcher Look At Prayer And Healing
24 Mar 2006 ... In churches, mosques, ashrams, "healing rooms," prayer groups and ... tools of modern science to test the power of prayer to cure others. ...

THE PLACEBO EFFECT
Placebos Are Getting More Effective 24 Aug 2009 ... It's as if the placebo effect is somehow getting stronger. .... the role of the placebo effect in clinical trials and healing in general. ...

The Placebo Effect Is The Healing Force
From The Cancer Journal: Placebo effect is the healing force of nature. Firstly, we ought to note that the placebo does not cause anything in the body, it triggers its natural ...

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The airstrikes by a US led coalition that killed many Syrian soldiers fighting for the legitimate government of Bashar al Assad against the terrorist forces of ISIS has raised the level of hostile rhetoric between the USA / NATO coalition and the Russia / China / Iran alliance. The likelihood of war seemed to have receded through the summer, after it seemed possible early this year, that one stray shell or bullet could spread the war beyond the middle east.

Obama Promises UN His Legacy Will Be Global Authitarian Dictatorship
In what will be his final appearance before the United Nations, Barack Hussein Obama warned assembled national leaders they would have to be prepared to surrender sovereignty to the unelected technocrats of the globalist bureaucracy if they wanted security.Is he deluded of effing what? Nations that desire secuirity at this time need to suck up to Russia and China if they can't stand up to American globalist Imperialism alone.

Russia Accuses USA & NATO Of Defending ISIS
A Russian Government Foreign Affairs spokesman commenting on the US led airstrike 0n 17 September in Syria that killed dozens of Syrian Government troops engaged in fighting ISIS “After today’s attack on the Syrian army, we come to the terrible conclusion that the White House is defending ISIS”.

What Is A Globalist? - Globalim Explained
If you have been following political trends you will probably be bored with the words "globalist" and "globalism" which tend to be bandied about a lot. In fact the advocates of globalism far from being the social justice warriors of their imagination, are avid supporters of the establishment, centralisation of authority, the abolition of free speech, social engineering and all the socio - economic policies well - read people associate with fascism rather than liberalism.

Fact Checker Snopes Lie About Obama ‘Birther’ Smear.
Yesterday US Presidential candidate Donald Trump said that President Barack Obama was born in the U.S., and by doing so he “finished a birther controversy” which he said was started by Hillary Clinton in 2008. “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it, I finished it. You know what I mean," he told a campaign event audience.

US woman arrested for selling a dead body in a freezer at yard sale Marcella Jean Lee, 56, was recently arrested in North Carolina after her mother’s dead body was found in a freezer she sold at a yard sale. Lee was charged on Thursday (15 September) with concealing a body and failure to report a death ... (You just ca'nt make up stuff like this)

Now YouTube are censoring videos critical of the establishment.
A few days ago, after examining evidence offered by certain bloggers who defend net neutrality we reported that allegations against Google of blocking access to sites that criticise Hillary Clinton's presidential election campaign or raise questions bout the candidate's very obvious health problems is is pretty irrevocable. Since then a reader mailed us an item on how YouTube are censoring videos whose content is critical of government ...

MPs attack Cameron over Libya 'collapse'
Not before time Britain's politicians are asking for justification of our role in the bombing campaign againsyt the regime of colonel Gadaffi in Libya, which since 2011 has led to that country, at the time the most prosperous and advanced nation in Africa, becoming a chaotic failed state with three different groups all claiming to be the legitimate government.

Lawless Immigrant Chaos Accounts for Quarter of Swedish Police Resources
Police officials in Värmland, Sweden have revealed 25 per cent of their time and resources are consumed by dealing with the lawlessness of illegal immigrants, as the Swedish government yesterday announced a further two billion Swedish Krona for policing to 2020. Chief Superintendent Lars Serenander estimates that around a quarter of police time is spent dealing with issues related to migrants ...

‘Opportunities are ENORMOUS’ Liam Fox launches trade talks with India, China and Singapore
We told you Brexit would be good for Britain. It will surprise many people to learn that we as a nation had no trade deals with former comonies India, Singapore and Malasia, or with the vast market that is China, but since those teasonous bastards in Westminster sold out much of our national sovereignty to the unelected bureaucrats of Brussels we have not had trade deals with commonwealth nations.

Obama-Duterte Blow Up: What the Corporate Media Doesn’t Get
The recent bad blood between US President Barack Obama and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is based on hostilities far more profoundthan could be caused by a simple clash of personalities.

Hillary's Facebook Attempt To Connect With Voters Misses Target Again
The biggest advantage Donald Trump has in the US Presidential race is that his opponent Hillary Clinton not only has a terrible reputation for being involved in dodgy dealings is but is a cold, unlikeable person who is seen as selfish, egotistical, petulant and inclined to gloat in moments of triumph. In an attempt to redress some of the harm this impression is doing to her campaign, Hillary has taken to Facebook

Negative Interest Rates & The War On Cash, Part 3: "Beware The Promoters"
Bitcoin and other electronic platforms have paved the way psychologically for a shift away from cash, although they have done so by emphasising decentralisation and anonymity rather than the much greater central control which would be inherent in a mainstream electronic currency. Despite the loss of privacy, electronic currency is much favoured by techno-optimists, but not so much by those concerned about the risks of absolute structural dependency on technological complexity.

Shock, Horror! Millennials Safe Space Violated As Facebook Algo Accident Exposes Them To Diverse Ideas Late last month (August 2016,) the Zuckerbugger's zoons put an algorithm in charge of the Facebook “trending” feature, to select the most popular topics, articles and keywords on the web in a narrow timeframe and with due respect for the 'safe space' of millenials who can be traumatised if they encounter microaggrrrrressions in the form of controversial ideas or unorthodox opinions ...

Google, Facebook, Amazon: algorithms will soon rule our lives so we'd better understand how they work
One of the most interesting announcements in last week's Budget – well, for me at least, as someone who has no savings and doesn’t play bingo or drink much – was the new Alan Turing Institute: £220 million of government support will be invested into "big data and algorithm" research.

G20 Leaders Dismiss Obama As An “Irrelevant Child” At Beijing Summit
China set the tone when airport officials refused to let Barack Obama's handlers flout Chises law so the US President's arrival in Beijing for the G20 Summit to be trurned into a stahe managed celebration of The Obamessiah;s greatness. This is our airport, this is our country", a Chinese official yelled as Obama's entourage attempted to usher The White House press corps into an area that was clearly marked out of bounds.

Underage Migrant Gang Sexually Assault German Women On City Street
In a worrying echo of antisocial behaviour by Muslim immigrants at Swedish music festivals throughout the summer it has been reported that five women were sexually assaulted by a gang of young Muslim asylum seekers in Germany. Police say the migrants threatened to beat the women with beer and champagne bottles ...

TTIP - This so -called free trade deal is a full-frontal assault on democracy
The purpose of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is not so much as to remove tariffs and other protectionist devices as to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations. And that is quite significant for us as British and E.U. comsuper protection, fair trade, environment and employment laws have always tried to strike a balance between the interests of consumers, workers and business.

If This Does Not Disqualify Hillary For The Presidency, It's Hard To Know What Will
Even the conservative Wall Street Journal is waking up to the massive deception that is being perpetrated on voters by the American political establishment, media and judiciary. Unfortunately the around half or the voters seem to be willingly complicit in this deception. In fact the USA collectively appears capable of a level of cognitive dissonance on an unprecedented scale in relation to the crimes and corrupt practices of Hillary Clinton ...

Smart Phones Will Not Make Banking Safer
Yet the war on cash goes on. The latest move is to encourage people to use their smartphone to do their online banking. My first reaction on reading this was, "They're having a laugh aren't they?" laptops and tablets are ridiculously easy to hijack, smartphones don't even need to be hacked, like tired old slappers whose sexual allure has gone south, but who still crave attention, they will offer themselves without needing to be asked.

Hillary Clinton's Oh Shit Moment. How The Candidate Wiped Her Server With BleachBit Despite Subpoena

In the USA ignoring a subpoena can have similar consequences. But increasingly throught the developed world we are finding the law does not apply to everybody equally. The story of how Hillary's "personal" emails came to be deleted using, the now infamous, BleachBit, even after a subpoema had been issued requiring the Democratic Party candidate to hand over certain documents relating to her time as Secretary of State is quite the tale.

Top Academic: Muslims Would Not Tolerate Multiculturalism in Islamic Countries
Leading Iranian academic Afshin Ellian has warned that cultural Marxist delusions of “multiculturalism” are a one-way street as left wing activist in the secular Christian nations of the west clamour for appeasement of Islamic extremists. Muslims in Europe oppress historic minorities in their own lands and have no intention of showing “tolerance”

Can Americans Overthrow The Evil That Rules Them?
The anti - establishment, anti - globalisation mood that manifested itself in the Brexit vote is sweeping across Europe, the cosy government - corporate cartel is desperately trying to control the narrative, but against the combined strength of millions of new media commentators all challenging the official; narrative, the dark forces of globalism are on the back foot.

Swedish Commentator: Migrants Enforcing Sharia Law, Bill Clinton ‘Evil’ For Wishing Same On U.S. Swedish writer and news commentator Ingrid Kristina Carlqvist, speaking on an internet radio station, said that Islamists and migrants "have already succeeded in introducing Sharia law to Sweden". Speaking to Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam, she explained that, because Swedish girls are becoming afraid to go to certain places where there have been rapes and attacks, key tenets of Islamic law are effectively being enforced.

The Difference In Voting For Hillbillary or Trump Is Only One Promises War With Russia
Essential reading for our american readers who must soon decide who they want as their next president. Important too for non Americans who cannot influence the outcome of the election but are entitled to know why their arses might be blown from here to eternity sometime in the next few years.

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