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Sunday, August 19th, 2012
1:54 pm - I was the last person to post here in 7 years?!
movieguru102 Sad

current mood: sad

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Thursday, April 7th, 2005
12:17 pm - BCI and Telsa
movieguru102 I was wondering if anybody has heard about the powers of the mind, combined with telsa coils, to controle the gravity of objects? Also, I was wondering if anybody has heard about Brain-Computer Interfacing, which has become hot in the last couple years, allowing the users to control electronic devices via learning to control their own beta-waves?

If anyone wants more information or would like to give their opinions and/or hypothesis please comment.

Thank you,

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Friday, March 18th, 2005
6:35 pm

1 The placebo effect
DON'T try this at home. Several times a day, for several days, you induce pain in someone. You control the pain with morphine until the final day of the experiment, when you replace the morphine with saline solution. Guess what? The saline takes the pain away.

This is the placebo effect: somehow, sometimes, a whole lot of nothing can be very powerful. Except it's not quite nothing. When Fabrizio Benedetti of the University of Turin in Italy carried out the above experiment, he added a final twist by adding naloxone, a drug that blocks the effects of morphine, to the saline. The shocking result? The pain-relieving power of saline solution disappeared.

So what is going on? Doctors have known about the placebo effect for decades, and the naloxone result seems to show that the placebo effect is somehow biochemical. But apart from that, we simply don't know.

Benedetti has since shown that a saline placebo can also reduce tremors and muscle stiffness in people with Parkinson's disease (Nature Neuroscience, vol 7, p 587). He and his team measured the activity of neurons in the patients' brains as they administered the saline. They found that individual neurons in the subthalamic nucleus (a common target for surgical attempts to relieve Parkinson's symptoms) began to fire less often when the saline was given, and with fewer "bursts" of firing - another feature associated with Parkinson's. The neuron activity decreased at the same time as the symptoms improved: the saline was definitely doing something.

We have a lot to learn about what is happening here, Benedetti says, but one thing is clear: the mind can affect the body's biochemistry. "The relationship between expectation and therapeutic outcome is a wonderful model to understand mind-body interaction," he says. Researchers now need to identify when and where placebo works. There may be diseases in which it has no effect. There may be a common mechanism in different illnesses. As yet, we just don't know.
13 things that do not make sense
19 March 2005
NewScientist.com news service

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Thursday, October 7th, 2004
2:48 pm
rayne_vandunem Wow, I guess nobody's posted here in how long?...over a year?! damn, i guess nobody's taken much notice of this comm or its purpose as much.

Well anyway, Ive wondered if you guys have wondered about bodily modifications or even transformations by mental means. Im investigating the effects and possibilities of and offered by hypnosis, or as it is more professionally designated nowadays, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Now I know that the subconscious has a great deal of influence in our behavioral and even physical surface, but is it possible to mentally engender body modifications or transformations, like as in therian(or lycan)thropy?

In the meantime, I have established a community that is dedicated to investgating this possibility, tf_by_hypnosis, so come check it out. thanx.

current mood: curious

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Saturday, August 9th, 2003
11:04 am - A Warm LJ Welcome

To Professor apprenti, philosopher, esoterist, Hellenist, Slavophile, and maven of the alternative music scene, who, on a visit to New York, introduced me to Genesis P-Orridge. In return I should like to introduce him to you, and let you know that, if you are so inclined, you should drop by and say Hi.

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Friday, April 25th, 2003
9:49 pm - Mental health and the Body's immune system


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Even after husbands and wives have stopped arguing, the battle may still be raging within the woman's body. It can do so for hours, altering her hormone levels and weakening her immune system to the point where illness could gain a foothold.
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Tuesday, December 17th, 2002
11:11 pm

I am interested in muscle isolation and control. So far, my greatest achievements are: wiggling ears, nose that moves up and down, squinting each eye and those wierd vaginal clenches. I'm fascinated with phantom limbs, physiotherapy that leads to reconnection of awareness to paralyzed limbs and any other physical feats that requires a conscious alignment of the mental with the physical

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