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Re: Article: Sight, Sound Processed Together and Earlier than Previously Thought

Oct 30, 2007 11:18 PM
by Leon Maurer

Here's one of the experiments that are beginning to verify, as  
hypothesized by my ABC theory, that the experience of consciousness  
is NOT mediated or caused by the brain -- but is an instantaneous  
function of the zero-points of perception that are immediately  
available to self consciousness before the brain processes the  
information into the memory or mind fields, so we can think about  
it.  That thinking being done solely by the consciousness, and  
reflected through the brain -- but not instigated or determined by  
it.  Thus the brain appears to be just another intermediate tool of  
consciousness, as are the mind and the memory, both of which are  
individual higher order (thus, longer lasting) electrodynamic fields  
independent of the brain's neurology -- except on the level of  
information transfer between those fields, the neuromuscular system  
and the sensory receptors... All, apparently, directly connected to  
the "entangled" zero-point of global consciousness through their  
localized hyperspace ZPE fields and their associated conscious zero- 
points of origination.  Thus, the intentional or sub consciously  
initiating force of will governing instantaneous reflexive reaction  
to sensory input, is generated directly from the spin-momental force  
at each zero-point source of cellular energy. Thus, we think about  
that pain after we feel it, and interpret the words a split second  
after we see and hear them spoken.

Leon Maurer

On Oct 30, 2007, at 10/30/0710:57 PM, Robert Karl Stonjek wrote:

> Sight, Sound Processed Together and Earlier than Previously Thought
> The area of the brain that processes sounds entering the ears also  
> appears to process stimulus entering the eyes, providing a novel  
> explanation for why many viewers believe that ventriloquists have  
> thrown their voices to the mouths of their dummies.
> More generally, these findings from Duke University Medical Center  
> offer new insights into how the brain takes in and assembles a  
> multitude of stimuli from the outside world. By studying monkeys,  
> the researchers found that auditory and visual information is  
> processed together before the combined signals make it to the  
> brain's cortex, the analytical portion of the brain that assembles  
> the stimuli from all the senses into coherent thoughts.
> "The prevailing wisdom among brain scientists has been that each of  
> the five senses ? sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste ? is  
> governed by its own corresponding region of the brain," said  
> Jennifer Groh, Ph.D., a neurobiologist in Duke's Center for  
> Cognitive Neuroscience. "The view has been that each of these areas  
> processes the information separately and sends that information to  
> the cortex, which puts it all together at the end.
> "Now, we are beginning to appreciate that it's not that simple,"  
> Groh continued. "Our results show that there are interactions  
> between the sensory pathways that occur very early in the process,  
> which implies that the integration of the different senses may be a  
> more primitive process and one not requiring high-level brain  
> functioning."
> The results of Groh's experiments were published early online in  
> the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
> Groh has a particular interest in a tiny round structure in the  
> brain known as the inferior colliculus. This structure, less than a  
> half-inch in diameter, is located in the most primitive area of the  
> brain. It is one of several early stops in the brain for signals  
> leaving the ear, headed for the cortex.
> "In our experiments, we found that this structure, which had been  
> assumed to mainly process auditory information, actually responds  
> to visual information as well," Groh explained. "In fact, about 64  
> percent of the neurons in the inferior colliculus can carry visual  
> as well as auditory signals. This means that visual and auditory  
> information gets combined quite early, and before the 'thinking  
> part' of the brain can make sense of it."
> That is why ventriloquism seems to work, she said. The association  
> between the voice and the moving mouth of the dummy is made before  
> the viewer consciously thinks about it. The same process may also  
> explain why the words being spoken by a talking head on television  
> appear to be coming out of the mouth, even though the television  
> speakers are located to the side of the set.
> "The eyes see the lips moving and the ears hear the sound and the  
> brain immediately jumps to the conclusion about the origin of the  
> voice," Groh said.
> Groh said that it makes logical sense for hearing and vision to  
> have some level of integration in the monkeys she studied, and in  
> humans.
> "We generally live in similar ecological niches; we are active  
> during the day and tend to communicate vocally," she said. "The  
> inferior colliculus is similar in both species, and with the advent  
> of new imaging technology, like functional MRI, which can visualize  
> brain regions in real time. We should be able to correlate what  
> we're seeing in animal models with what happens in humans."
> Groh and her team are now conducting experiments to determine  
> whether or not one of the senses influences how the other is  
> perceived.
> Source: Duke University
> Posted by
> Robert Karl Stonjek

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