Realidad e imaginación

P: ¿Son las personas realmente tan estúpidas como los Sufis las muestran? Si lo fuesen, ¿cómo podría la sociedad funcionar tan bien como lo hace? ¿Cómo puede uno comprobar si la gente realmente se comporta de manera tan absurda como lo hacen algunas de las personas en los cuentos y narraciones instructivas Sufis?

R: Las personas son realmente tan estúpidas como los Sufis las muestran. La sociedad funciona tan bien como lo hace porque no todo el mundo es estúpido todo el tiempo. La empresa Sufi les ayuda al mostrar la estupidez y predecir su aparición en momentos en que bloquea la comprensión. No hay demasiada necesidad de comprobar si las personas se comportan realmente como las de las historias y narraciones, porque los periódicos están lleno de relatos sobre este comportamiento, y por consiguiente se muestra en todas partes de forma permanente. No hace falta, después de todo, “probar” si una cereza es roja: se puede ver fácilmente, una vez que conoces lo que es el color rojo.

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El microcosmos, o pequeño mundo, dijo el gran Paracelso – uno de los más ilustrados europeos del siglo dieciséis, que había viajado ampliamente por Oriente – no es sino el reflejo del macrocosmos o gran mundo superior: el mundo espiritual que se refleja a sí mismo en el plano inferior. Para él era muy evidente la naturaleza ilusoria y fantasmal de la esfera en la que moramos. Ciertamente ningún místico europeo del pasado habría encontrado algo que objetar en los principios del Sufismo. En mi opinión, tanto el misticismo occidental como el oriental tienen una pesada deuda con la filosofía Sufi, y aquellos que creen en uno deben de modo natural creer en ambos.

Pensamiento y acción Sufi

Disponible por primera vez en español, en formato papel + ebook. También lo puedes leer gratuitamente aquí:

https://idriesshahfoundation.org/es/books/sufi-thought-and-action

 


People aged 95 and over show stronger brain connectivity

World-first research led by neuroimaging expert Dr. Jiyang Jiang at UNSW’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) has found that those aged 95 and over demonstrated more activation between the left and ride side of their brain than their younger counterparts.

Given the prevalence of dementia increases with age, near-centenarians and centenarians without dementia are generally considered as models of successful aging and resistance against .

“We wanted to see if there was something particularly special about the ‘s functional connectivity of those aged 95 and older that helps them preserve brain function into the 11th decade of their life,” says Dr. Jiang.

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The universe may be conscious, say prominent scientists

 

A proto-consciousness field theory could replace the theory of dark matter, one physicist states. 

What consciousness is and where it emanates from has stymied great minds in societies across the globe since the dawn of speculation. In today’s world, it’s a realm tackled more and more by physicists, cognitive scientists, and neuroscientists. There are a few prevailing theories. The first is materialism. This is the notion that consciousness emanates from matter, in our case, by the firing of neurons inside the brain.

Take the brain out of the equation and consciousness doesn’t exist at all. Traditionally, scientists have been stalwart materialists. But doing so has caused them to slam up against the limitations of materialism. Consider the chasm between relativity and quantum mechanics, or Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, and you quickly start to recognize these incongruities.

The second theory is mind-body dualism. This is perhaps more often recognized in religion or spirituality. Here, consciousness is separate from matter. It is a part of another aspect of the individual, which in religious terms we might call the soul. Then there’s a third option which is gaining ground in some scientific circles, panpsychism. In this view, the entire universe is inhabited by consciousness.

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Hyper-Long Telomeres Give Non-Genetically Modified Mice Longer, Healthier Lives

Scientists at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) generated the first mice that have super-long telomeres in every one of their body cells. Studies with the animals showed that in comparison with mice that have normal length telomeres, the hyper-long telomere animals lived on average nearly 13% longer, were leaner with less white fat tissue, and had better metabolic health. The researchers generated the mice from embryonic stem (ES) cells that carry the hyper-long telomeric repeats capping the ends of their chromosomes. The most relevant achievement for the scientists is that for the first time longevity was significantly increased without any genetic modification. “This finding supports the idea that, when it comes to determining longevity, genes are not the only thing to consider,” commented research lead Maria Blasco, PhD, head of the CNIO Telomeres and Telomerase Group. “There is a margin for extending life without altering the genes.”

Blasco and colleagues published their findings in Nature Communications, in a paper titled, “Mice with hyper-long telomeres show less metabolic aging and longer lifespans.”

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Tatuagem para diabéticos muda de cor, de acordo com os níveis de açúcar no sangue

Pesquisadores desenvolveram uma nova tinta de tatuagem que muda de cor que responde a mudanças no corpo, como açúcar no sangue e níveis de sódio.

Usando um líquido com biossensores em vez da tinta tradicional, os cientistas querem transformar a superfície da pele humana em uma “tela interativa” – uma idéia que torna essa prova de conceito emocionante de se assistir. Tecnologias como essa podem se tornar uma nova maneira revolucionária de monitorar a saúde.

O projeto, chamado DermalAbyss , é uma colaboração entre pesquisadores do MIT e da Harvard Medical School, combinando esforços da Fluid Interfaces e da biotecnologia.

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