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  Consciousness is in the Neurons  
Based upon “Athene's Theory of Everything” video.
Edits to the transcript are shown as:  ; edited text example    replaced with text example

The human brain is a network of approximately one hundred billion neurons.

  • Different experiences create different neural connections which bring about different emotions  states or moments of consciousness.
    An awareness of stimulus and/or response to awareness of stimulus.
  • And depending on which neurons get stimulated, certain connections become stronger and more efficient, while others may become weaker.

    This is what's called neuroplasticity.

  • Someone who trains to be a musician will create stronger neural connections that link the two hemispheres of the brain in order to be musically creative.

    Virtually any sort of talent or skill can be created through training. [1]

Rationality and emotional resilience work the same way.
  • These are neural connections that can be strengthened.

Whatever you are doing at any time, you are physically modifying your brain to become better at it.

  • Since this is such a foundational mechanism of the brain, being self-aware can greatly enrich our life experience.

When we're not being self-aware, most of our thoughts and actions are impulsive and the idea that we are randomly reacting and not making conscious choices is instinctively frustrating.


All this complex and almost schizophrenic subconscious behaviour is the result of a vastly parallel distributed system in our brain.

  • There is no specific center of consciousness.
  • The appearance of a unity is, in fact, each of these separate circuits being enabled and being expressed at one particular moment in time. [2]

Our experiences are constantly changing our neural connections, physically altering the parallel system that is our consciousness.


[1] Experiments show that, not only action, but also imagination significantly affects our neural connections. A musician can
   physically alter the brain's structure to become more skilled at, for example, playing the piano, simply by thinking about it.

[2] Joseph E. LeDoux


Click for Consciousness definition   


the state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings.
"she failed to regain consciousness and died two days later"

the awareness or perception of something by a person.
"her acute consciousness of Mike's presence"

the fact of awareness by the mind of itself and the world.
"consciousness emerges from the operations of the brain"

plural noun: consciousnesses


stimulus response:
A change in the environment is the stimulus;
the reaction of the organism to it is the response

a handshake. when two objects (of matter) meet. various levels of awareness/consciousness from an amoeba's wiggle, to a neuron firing, to self-awareness to psychic awareness, to such stuff as quantum uncertainty and the hypothetical awareness the earth has of the moon (its tug), and so on … consciousness seems to be independent of matter, yet it also appears to be found in all matter.

Click for Awareness definition   


knowledge or perception of a situation or fact.
"we need to raise public awareness of the issue"

 concern about and well-informed interest in a particular situation or development.
"a growing environmental awareness"

synonyms: consciousness, recognition, realization; understanding, grasp, appreciation,
knowledge, insight; familiarity; informal light-bulb moment; formal cognizance
"the level of public awareness is questionable"


Read most of this article — Nervous system — at Encyclopaedia Britannica online. Thought about reposting it on Gaian Corps, but for now only a link and the following lede from the article.

  • quote small leftAll living organisms are able to detect changes within themselves and in their environments. Changes in the external environment include those of light, temperature, sound, motion, and odour, while changes in the internal environment include those in the position of the head and limbs as well as in the internal organs. Once detected, these internal and external changes must be analyzed and acted upon in order to survive. As life on Earth evolved and the environment became more complex, the survival of organisms depended upon how well they could respond to changes in their surroundings. One factor necessary for survival was a speedy reaction or response. Since communication from one cell to another by chemical means was too slow to be adequate for survival, a system evolved that allowed for faster reaction. That system was the nervous system, which is based upon the almost instantaneous transmission of electrical impulses from one region of the body to another along specialized nerve cells called neurons.quote small right

Not exactly sure about the meaning behind the title "God is in the Neurons"? Chapter 2 of Athene's Theory is over my head, making it more difficult to discern any meaning from that phrase.

 But, as the title of this writeup indicates, the more accurate description would be the phrase, "Consciousness is in the Neurons. 

There is a short blurb about the famous NDE (tennis shoe on a 3rd floor, outside ledge at the hospital where the NDE was reported). Following that are a few preliminary observations about the concept — consciousness is IN the neurons.

And that's about it, for now…

Corroborated Veridical NDE Perceptions

From: Near death, explained at Salon

One of the best known of these corroborated veridical NDE perceptions — perceptions that can be proven to coincide with reality — is the experience of a woman named Maria, whose case was first documented by her critical care social worker, Kimberly Clark.

Maria was a migrant worker who had a severe heart attack while visiting friends in Seattle. She was rushed to Harborview Hospital and placed in the coronary care unit. A few days later, she had a cardiac arrest but was rapidly resuscitated. The following day, Clark visited her. Maria told Clark that during her cardiac arrest she was able to look down from the ceiling and watch the medical team at work on her body. At one point in this experience, said Maria, she found herself outside the hospital and spotted a tennis shoe on the ledge of the north side of the third floor of the building. She was able to provide several details regarding its appearance, including the observations that one of its laces was stuck underneath the heel and that the little toe area was worn. Maria wanted to know for sure whether she had “really” seen that shoe, and she begged Clark to try to locate it.

Quite skeptical, Clark went to the location described by Maria — and found the tennis shoe. From the window of her hospital room, the details that Maria had recounted could not be discerned. But upon retrieval of the shoe, Clark confirmed Maria’s observations. “The only way she could have had such a perspective,” said Clark, “was if she had been floating right outside and at very close range to the tennis shoe. I retrieved the shoe and brought it back to Maria; it was very concrete evidence for me.”

Assuming this to be a true story, then it can only be explained through the fact that "consciousness" is "outside" of the physical body (of matter). Consciousness is present within matter (the body) but it is also present outside of matter. (See also numerous other psychic abilities: Superpowers of The Human Biomind and Scientific Remote Viewing, for example.