The NDEs that occurred during ancient history would have been so instantaneously transformative, so powerfully seductive, that it would have been impossible for a culture not to incorporate the experience into a model of heaven.
Here's my summary of what seemed to be the bigger findings to emerge about 'bringing up baby' in 2012, there's not much brain research in this post, just lots of food for thought.
Worldwide, wherever possible, young people are spending longer in education. When it's effective, they learn more, they become more skilled, they are better able to get jobs and earn a decent living. Even so, just leaving college with a good degree is no longer enough.
As it turns out, we have more of a say in the strength and resilience of our brains than we may have thought. Here are three myths to dispel before we can harness the power of our "super brains."
You're about to consider something that perhaps you didn't know was possible: When you feel down or you're hurting, you do not have to gaze out on your life to find the reason. There is another, less demanding option available.
In the years to come, neuroscience may evolve to yield solid predictions about how genetics and brain conditions can influence a specific individual's particular choices at particular times. But for now, the tools of neuroscience should not be accorded the deference of mathematical certainty.
Fox News contributor Suzanne Venker claims that there has "been an explosion of brain research" that shows that men are loners who like to hunt and build things and women are nurturers who like to talk and take care of people. This is false on two fronts.
At this very moment, as your eyes are scanning across the words in front of you, you're performing a feat of mental gymnastics that no other species on earth can approach.
Of course the brain is an organ, but far more importantly, it serves the mind. Therefore, everything you think, say, and do depends on aligning the brain with your desires, intentions, and the vision you have of your life.
As we grow up, we learn patience and self-control, and we grow more adept at our favorite hobbies. And our brains are gaining skills, too: As the birth of new neurons slows down, those cells are learning to communicate more efficiently.
To find better means of fixing the brain, we first need to achieve something more fundamental. We must understand how it works.
I want to propose a radical shift to how we approach treating chronic pain. In very basic terms, I suggest that we redirect treatment toward remodeling the brain as opposed to just focusing our attentions and therapies on painful body parts like the back or neck.
We've entered a golden age for brain research, but all these new findings haven't trickled down to the individual. Yet there are broad discoveries that make it possible to everyone to improve their brains.
With billions of federal dollars flowing toward the shores of New York and New Jersey, isn't it about time for politicians and civic leaders to sit down with the new kid on the block and come to an understanding of who is really in charge here?
The way of enemy love is not intuitive. The very idea of loving the person you would normally hate is an intentionally provocative idea. So how can we learn to have what Paul calls "the mind of Christ"?
Comparing the growth of the global Internet with the evolution of a child's brain is the perfect analogy to discuss the relationship between human consciousness and technology. How is the global brain being shaped every day?
Back in my college days I became obsessed with lucid dreaming -- having dreams in which I was aware I was dreaming and could shape my internal world with thought alone. According to a recent paper, though, it may be possible to control someone else's dreams from the outside.
On Thanksgiving, we all took a deep breath and gave thanks for family, friends and the simple pleasures of life. How do we make it last? Would it not be great if the spirit of Thanksgiving endured?
Thankfully, gratitude and appreciation can create their own positive psychophysiological holiday in your body -- without the necessity of a feast. If you find yourself facing Thanksgiving stress this week, remember to bring appreciation into your thoughts and heart.
Neuroscientific research indicates that it becomes increasingly difficult to break out of our existing mindsets. Fortunately, however, it is still possible to train our brains to think differently without either dropping acid or traveling to India. (If you've read Steve Jobs' biography, you'll understand.)