Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Year of the Chinese Rabbit


Ha-ha, this is why until now I have nothing to say for the year 2011, just that as usual, the World would still carry on and at the end of the year, it would still be the same as the Earth will still be revolving though it is rumored to be a worldwide conspiracy by the governments to deceive common people like us that the Earth is not flat. I' m not kidding you, there is even a book wrote about it in 1919: below is the link,

I had a good laugh after reading this article. Read the comments column.


Anyway if you have seen the movie, 'The Matrix', then maybe that could be what the author above means. So the same goes for the yearly astrology forecast of the chinese animals picked from the Last End of the World of Noah's Ark for this year of the Rabbit. Anyway, for the yearly astrological forecast, my apologies as I have not received some signals yet, EH?

So instead, let me share something about our Brains as I have been under this illusion from my peers from the seventies of : We only uses 10 percent of our brain?

Scientific American:
'The human brain is complex. Along with performing millions of mundane acts, it composes concertos, issues manifestos and comes up with elegant solutions to equations. It's the wellspring of all human feelings, behaviors, experiences as well as the repository of memory and self-awareness. So it's no surprise that the brain remains a mystery unto itself.

Adding to that mystery is the contention that humans "only" employ 10 percent of their brain. If only regular folk could tap that other 90 percent, they too could become savants who remember π to the twenty-thousandth decimal place or perhaps even have telekinetic powers.

Though an alluring idea, the "10 percent myth" is so wrong it is almost laughable, says neurologist Barry Gordon at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. Although there's no definitive culprit to pin the blame on for starting this legend, the notion has been linked to the American psychologist and author William James, who argued in The Energies of Men that "We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources." It's also been associated with to Albert Einstein, who supposedly used it to explain his cosmic towering intellect.

The myth's durability, Gordon says, stems from people's conceptions about their own brains: they see their own shortcomings as evidence of the existence of untapped gray matter. This is a false assumption. What is correct, however, is that at certain moments in anyone's life, such as when we are simply at rest and thinking, we may be using only 10 percent of our brains.

"It turns out though, that we use virtually every part of the brain, and that [most of] the brain is active almost all the time," Gordon adds. "Let's put it this way: the brain represents three percent of the body's weight and uses 20 percent of the body's energy."

The average human brain weighs about three pounds and comprises the hefty cerebrum, which is the largest portion and performs all higher cognitive functions; the cerebellum, responsible for motor functions, such as the coordination of movement and balance; and the brain stem, dedicated to involuntary functions like breathing. The majority of the energy consumed by the brain powers the rapid firing of millions of neurons communicating with each other. Scientists think it is such neuronal firing and connecting that gives rise to all of the brain's higher functions. The rest of its energy is used for controlling other activities—both unconscious activities, such as heart rate, and conscious ones, such as driving a car.

Take the simple act of pouring coffee in the morning: In walking toward the coffeepot, reaching for it, pouring the brew into the mug, even leaving extra room for cream, the occipital and parietal lobes, motor sensory and sensory motor cortices, basal ganglia, cerebellum and frontal lobes all activate. A lightning storm of neuronal activity occurs almost across the entire brain in the time span of a few seconds.

What's not understood is how clusters of neurons from the diverse regions of the brain collaborate to form consciousness. So far, there's no evidence that there is one site for consciousness, which leads experts to believe that it is truly a collective neural effort. Another mystery hidden within our crinkled cortices is that out of all the brain's cells, only 10 percent are neurons; the other 90 percent are glial cells, which encapsulate and support neurons, but whose function remains largely unknown. Ultimately, it's not that we use 10 percent of our brains, merely that we only understand about 10 percent of how it functions.'

So how much percentage of the brains is the above Rabbit using or are you going to use for this year?

Anyway, it is agreed that we have a subconscious mind which when tapped can do miracles. Keep that in mind when you learn metaphysics, it will helps a lot regardless whether you know the Chinese language or Chinese Whispers or not. If you bother to ponder further, you might understand the logic of 為無為 or the short term used in Western Yi Jing studies 'Wu Wei'. Further, you might understand why the birth year pillar is considered sacred in Ying Zhai Feng Shui or Feng Shui for the Dead on the Na Yin aspects. As we don't really know yet for sure whether the Brains after death could still transmit signals, EH?  (There was a research done by Soviet scientists during the Cold War period which had shown that a person body or bones transmited a certain frequency signal after death that can only be detected by using special equipments.) I'm not kidding you, ok?  Something for you to think about in your pursuits of metaphysics for the Year of the ehmm, Rabbit.

Till-then, cheers.

Happy Chinese New Year to all my readers here.

'Sometimes I think I understands everything then I regained consciousness.'