Saturday, May 9, 2015

How to Study the Brain via Interdisciplinarity

The brain is the engine of our mind.

Our brains are beautifully made and necessary to sentient life, so studying the brain is not an easy task, it takes a multidisciplinary approach - like including psychology and anthropology. But, that’s not enough. The trouble is that we are still thinking of solving everything within our own discipline - mostly paying lip service to interdisciplinarity. So what’s the best way to study the brain?

We need to better understand human communications on an elemental nature: The principal components of the brain are well documented and understood, but what is least well known are how neural pathways, geometries, and synapses really enable communication and emotional development in particular. We need to explore the elemental nature of human communication, learning as well as emotional and physical development. The already fathomed structures of brain components can be melded and supplemented with neuronal network models linking the center of cognition of the locations of learning and memory.

We need a complete picture of the environment to which the brain is adapting - to figure out what is going on within the brain: It is not only something in an environment fostering connectivity within our brains. The connectivity within our brains also shapes our environment. Architecture or music are very good examples. And, in this, an individual could develop new connectivity, foster similar connectivity in many other brains. To this, we could add connectivity (resonant or dissonant) with other forms of life and physical environment in general - including observing distant galaxies, for example.

Maybe we need to start thinking outside of the box - Theoretically, we do manifest practically everything of what is going on in our brain. That’s the essence about how to improve the temporal resolution of all sorts of brain scans. But, that’s not all. The large volume of activities within a brain is dedicated to - connectivity with other brains. So, connectivity, either resonance or dissonance between brains can tell us a lot about the single brain too. And that includes trans-cultural connections (resonant or dissonant). By setting aside what we now appear to understand or even know, where do we at this stage define reality from assumptions, and would algorithms take us further into the understanding of what is actually going on? It is important to think outside the box, ask yourself what is currently inside the box, and while we have a range of different disciplines and qualifications coupled with experiences, and ideas, understand the biology and chemistry of the brain, use chemical models and talking therapies,etc, what outside the box should we be thinking of, investigating and how do we apply such suggestions coming from a broad range of advanced research ideas come together. emotionology and emotionoscopy and how it influences dreaming, reflections, and many other brain activities.

Big Brain is a big project to explore, but like an elephant, if you break it up into smaller pieces, one could eat a whole one. Humans have broken the science into many disconnected ‘sciences” - with each having its own cryptic jargon - to prevent others, uninitiated ones to comprehend. But you cannot simply push experts in various disciplines into a room, lock the door and pray for a result. Each of the experts will only produce dots from his/her field in their specific jargon, with nobody trying to connect these dots. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to explore the big brain, Be thoughtful and mindful to explore the engine behind your thought, - the brain.


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