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Hadar Cohen

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

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Is the heart overlooked when it comes to intelligence?

The center of the nervous system, the brain, has been popularly defined as the fundamental core of intellectual activity. Yet, in my Bioelectricity class with Professor Nina Tandon, we learned about recent research suggesting that information processing in the body may in fact be more distributed.

For example, there is increasing evidence suggesting that the cardioelectromagenetic field can actually affect human beings in close proximity.These signals are stronger in amplitude when in direct contact, but are still detectable up to several feet away from the source. Through these interactions, the heart transfers energies between human beings. The heart can therefore be characterized as the engine for distributing and controlling energy of the human body.

These extraordinary results illustrate that the heart is not only responsible for blood regulations, but is also a very powerful intelligence system.

This made me wonder, could intelligence be distributed through the body in ways we might not expect? Could this information sent to the brain perhaps even influence emotional states? Or provide insight into some of the unexplained links between "mental" and "bodily" diseases (eg Alzheimer's and cardiac disease etc)?

See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3547419/
and http://books.google.com/books?id=pvkpdNHhI6cC for more details

Given that the heart and other organs are frequently excluded from the
intellectual discussion, I would like to ask the Ted community, how do
these new findings affect how we view intelligence? How will our
interactions with each other differ if we view more of our bodies as


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      Apr 12 2013: Hi Don!

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. That is amazing that you have been analyzing Electo-Cardiogram Signatures of the heart for so long! I would love to hear more about your findings.

      I tend to agree with you on "our collective ignorance". I found that our society is actually quite fearful of engaging in ideas they don't believe in or agree with. I like to think of the mind as a completely boundless creation. Because of this, I do not think any idea is "off-limits". It is important to learn how to appreciate thoughts, even if they do not coincide with your individual beliefs. Only through this analytical system of understanding can one truly develop insight.

      The Primer Lesson from Cern seems beyond fascinating, I will be sure to watch it in the near future. It is quite astounding how recent these discoveries are. I really appreciate all this information!
    • Apr 13 2013: hi Don,I was watching the primer fields. whats the validity of the stuff this guy is demonstrsting? he did make it easy to understand ,some what and i was intrigued. does that magnetic shape really account for it all? how Many scientists attention has he caught?thanks for Sharing that.
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        • Apr 13 2013: I couldnt question it . I watched primer fields one and part of two. i like how he makes connections with places in history to even today. I just wondered what his colleagues felt about him. I dont know what i said .i wasnt try to offend . i actually liked watching the videos thus far.
        • Apr 13 2013: they see how simple it actually is and there like"OH......." yea, i hear you.
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        • Apr 14 2013: thats funny how somebody could explain something so deep with a simple hands on demonstration,yet , not surprising.

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