Neurobiology Quotes

Quotes tagged as "neurobiology" (showing 1-30 of 71)
Cathy Caruth
“As modern neurobiologists point out, the repetition of the traumatic experience in the flashbacks can be itself re-traumatizing; if not life-threatening, it is at least threatening to the chemical structure of the brain and can ultimately lead to deterioration. And this would also seem to explain the high suicide rate of survivor, for example, survivors of Vietnam.”
Cathy Caruth, Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History

Abhijit Naskar
“Neuroscience in no longer simply the science of the nervous system. It is the actual empirical science of self-awareness.”
Abhijit Naskar

Abhijit Naskar
“We gain from the new science of mind not only insights into ourselves - how we perceive, learn, remember, feel, believe and act - but also a new perspective of ourselves and our fellow human beings in the context of biological evolution.”
Abhijit Naskar, Love, God & Neurons: Memoir of a scientist who found himself by getting lost

Abhijit Naskar
“Consciousness is the product of electrochemical signalling in the neurons of your brain. So when the brain stops functioning fully, your consciousness, or to a broader aspect your mind ceases to exist with its unique individualistic qualities. It's like the soothing flow of water. It is only water as long as its internal realm of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen, remains intact. If you break that structure which we call H20, it ceases to be water. Likewise a soul remains a soul, as longs as its neural structures remain intact. If you mess with those structure, then the entire personality of the soul may get radically altered. So, to think even further, if those neural structures inside your head stop working, then the soul ceases to exist forever. So, as long as you have a functional brain, you exist, and the moment that brain dies you die.”
Abhijit Naskar

Abhijit Naskar
“Sometimes, humanity surprises me with all its lack of control over the primordial urges. These innate urges are the biological traits that make us similar to the rest of the animal kingdom. But the modern qualities that make us superior to all the animals are intellect and self-control.”
Abhijit Naskar, Wise Mating: A Treatise on Monogamy

Abhijit Naskar
“It is better to be foolish than a dilettante.”
Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas

Abhijit Naskar
“When you don’t have explanation for a certain phenomenon, as a real human, you should suspend judgement, instead of concocting supernatural explanations out of ignorance and primordial fanaticism.”
Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas

Abhijit Naskar
“Meditation is the vitamin for your mind.”
Abhijit Naskar, I Am The Thread: My Mission

Abhijit Naskar
“A healthy brain leads to a healthy you.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

Abhijit Naskar
“A healthy PFC means a healthy cognitive grip over the world with very little elements of prejudice.”
Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas

Abhijit Naskar
“every single explanation that your brain concocts about a certain phenomenon on earth, is merely a virtual hunch of the neurons. Now, when your brain has access to more information, the resulting hunch would be more accurate, than another person who has less access.”
Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas

Abhijit Naskar
“When I am fully immersed in my work of nourishing humanity, it fills my head with all kinds of feel-good chemicals, such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. Problems occur during the brief intervals between the finishing of one work and the beginning of another. During these intervals, my biology starts to get filled with stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin, that worsens my OCD. That is why, I can’t sit still even a day after I finish writing a book. Because if I do, my OCD begins to suffocate me inside my head. Hence, as soon as I deliver a work, I have to start working on my next scientific literature.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

Abhijit Naskar
“Freedom of will is born from the neurons. And that freedom allows you to sometimes make even the worst decisions ever in your life. And by making the worst decision, you simply learn what would be the better decision in future.”
Abhijit Naskar, What is Mind?

Abhijit Naskar
“In your daily life, you make dozens of chooses between an alternative with higher overall value and a more tempting but ultimately inferior option.”
Abhijit Naskar, What is Mind?

Abhijit Naskar
“Neurons giveth and neurons taketh away.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Film Testament

Abhijit Naskar
“Thus, on a functional level, your meditation triggers the corresponding neurobiological networks that are responsible for eliciting health effects.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

Abhijit Naskar
“Healthy brains create a healthy society.”
Abhijit Naskar, I Am The Thread: My Mission

Abhijit Naskar
“Do not force your mind to get rid of random thoughts, because your brain is simply not capable of doing so. Instead, when you sit to practise meditation, let the thoughts come and go, just don’t serve them tea. Over time, that background noise inside your head would disappear.”
Abhijit Naskar, I Am The Thread: My Mission

Steven Kotler
“When deeply religious subjects view sacred iconography or reflect on their notion of God, brain scans reveal hyperactivity in the caudate nucleus, a part of the pleasure system that correlates with feelings of joy, love, and serenity. But Lindstrom and Calvert found that this same brain region lights up when subjects view images associated with strong brands like Ferrari or Apple.”
Steven Kotler, Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work

“Abhijit Naskar is a self-trained scientist and thinker who discovers the paradigm shifting phenomena of the human mind.”
Michael A. Persinger

Abhijit Naskar
“Artificial Intelligence can be a supplement to human insight, not substitute.”
Abhijit Naskar

Robert M. Sapolsky
“Willpower is more than just a metaphor; self-control is a finite resource.”
Robert M. Sapolsky

Robert M. Sapolsky
“If we were designed by engineers, as we consumed more, we'd desire less. But our frequent human tragedy is that the more we consume, the hungrier we get. More and faster and stronger. What was an unexpected pleasure yesterday is what we feel entitled to today, and what won't be enough tomorrow.”
Robert M. Sapolsky

Robert M. Sapolsky
“In other words, dopamine is not about the happiness of reward. It's about the happiness of pursuit of reward that has a decent chance of occurring.”
Robert M. Sapolsky

Robert M. Sapolsky
“While this neurobiology is mighty impressive, the brain is not where a behavior 'begins'. It's merely the final common pathway by which all the factors in the chapters to come converge and create behavior.”
Robert M. Sapolsky

Robert M. Sapolsky
“Obviously, oxytocin and vasopressin are the grooviest hormones in the universe. Pour them into the water supply, and people will be more charitable, trusting, and empathic. We'd be better parents and would make love, not war (mostly platonic love, though, since people in relationships would give wide berths to everyone else). Best of all, we'd buy all sorts of useless crap, trusting the promotional banners in stores once oxytocin starts spraying out of the ventilation system.”
Robert M. Sapolsky, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Abhijit Naskar
“An entire life, lavishly colored with ecstasies and agonies, is exclusively born from the functional expression of neurochemistry. Every time that we sob in sorrow or laugh in joy, we do so, steered by a glorious storm of hormonal interplay within the deepest parts of our mind. And with each drop of tear that we shed in our times of excruciating pain, our brain constructs majestic new cellular connections to aid in the pursuit of our passion - in the pursuit of truth.”
Abhijit Naskar, Love, God & Neurons: Memoir of a Scientist Who Found Himself by Getting Lost

António R. Damásio
“If ensuring the survival of the body proper is what the brain first evolved for, then, when minded brains first appeared, they began by minding the body. And to ensure body survival as effectively as possible, nature, I suggest, stumbled on a highly effective solution: representing the outside world in terms of the modifications it causes in the body proper, that is, representing the environment by modifying the primordial representations of the body proper whenever an interaction between organism and environment takes place.”
António R. Damásio, Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain

Abhijit Naskar
“Neuroscience makes us connect with each other at an emotional level. It makes us make friends. It makes us dream more positively. It makes us more optimistic about ourselves and the world even in our darkest days. It makes us achieve our goal endowed with strength even through immense miseries. It allows us to attain the subjective reality of our fellow humans. Imbued with the understanding of the mind we can walk in the shoes of other people.”
Abhijit Naskar, Love, God & Neurons: Memoir of a scientist who found himself by getting lost

“Neurobiological differences have been demonstrated between dissociative identities within patients with DID and between patients with DID and controls. Given the current evidence, DID as a diagnostic entity cannot be explained as a phenomenon created by iatrogenic
influences, suggestibility, malingering, or social role-taking. On the contrary, DID is an empirically robust chronic psychiatric disorder based on neurobiological, cognitive, and interpersonal non-integration as a response to unbearable stress. While current evidence is sufficient to firmly establish this etiological stance, given the wide opportunities for innovative research, the disorder is still understudied.”
Vedat Sar

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