Soma}News – March/April – Part 2

May 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

Continued round-up of soma-related research and connections to emotion, sound, morality, mind, soul, health and contagions. Plus this edition’s featured lexicon entry: “wu-wei”.

The Sound of Music

The higher the sound in pitch, the higher we perceive it to be in space.

Experiencing Sound

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Blind woman uses cutting edge sonic vision to select a soft drink.

Morality

Mind > Body // Body > Mind?

aristotle

“The brain is not responsible for any of the sensations…the seat and source of sensation is the region of the heart.”– Aristotle

The ancient question is being revisited: but not so much in one camp. Research by Park et al found a connection between whether we see objects or not and “the brain’s heartbeat evoked activity”.  I found this via Joel Winston’s commentary paper. He tweeted that the paper “was about the brain’s response to heartbeats and how that determines visual consciousness There’s a lot to be unpacked here – hopefully it will be picked up and teased out further.

Seat of the Soul?

Health

Helping stroke victims regain perception of shape on the affected side

Contagious

Emotion Lexicon

Wu-wei literally translates as “no trying” or “no doing,” but it’s not at all about dull inaction. In fact, it refers to the dynamic, effortless, and unselfconscious state of mind of a person who is optimally active and effective. …  This state of harmony is both complex and holistic, involving as it does the integration of the body, the emotions, and the mind…. Being in wu-wei is relaxing and enjoyable, but in a deeply rewarding way that distinguishes it from cruder or more mundane pleasures. – Edward Slingerland – Trying-not-to-Try

Via Brainpickings, Science Daily, Nature Neuroscience, OZY, BBC News, The Verge, bygonebureau.
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