What Are Neurons For? SAND19 US - Science and Nonduality (SAND)

What Are Neurons For? SAND19 US

Video with


We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for. Their deeper functions in regulating the body, either directly or through neuro-hormonal and neuro-immune interactions are largely unconscious and therefore neglected. This talk introduces theoretical models and experimental data suggesting an even deeper and evolutionarily older function of nervous systems: regulating the size and shape of the body. If these models are correct, the original function of neurons was the regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation. Neurons still perform these functions, from early embryogenesis through adulthood. We may even, sometimes, be aware of them. Recognizing this gives a new meaning to “embodied cognition.”

Listening to Stones

Article by

Little Bear believes there is an unspoken language that makes it possible to bridge every worldview

Love as the Ground of Being

Video with ,

Iain McGilchrist and Rowan Williams discuss the limits of materialism.

#67 The Dreaming Path

Podcast with ,

A SAND Conversation with Aboriginal elders and authors

Your Stability, Patience, and Inclusiveness

Article by

In this series of tender meditations, Ten Love Letters to the Earth, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh invites us to be truly present with the Earth, our Mot

Judaism and Psychedelics

Article by

If you’re Jewish, there’s something about psychedelics that you might find familiar

Songs of Deep Ocean

Article by

Listen to the mysterious sound of the deepest part of the ocean

Notes on Complexity: Neil Theise

Article by ,

A Buddhist Scientist on the Murmuration of Being

Spider Dreams

Article by

Jumping spiders have REM-like twitches when they sleep, suggesting dreams may be much more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously realized

Support SAND with a Donation

Science and Nonduality is a nonprofit organization. Your donation goes towards the development of our vision and the growth of our community.
Thank you for your support!