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Anil Rajvanshi

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There are three minds in a body - Brain, heart and gut. When they work together in harmony it produces a great body and powerful mind.

Since dawn of civilization, humans have always expressed love, feelings and emotional pain coming from the heart and basic feeling or intuition coming from the gut. Hence the expressions broken heart, gut feeling etc. Rationalists and scientists have scoffed at these expressions saying they are only metaphors, but recent researches suggest that they may have scientific explanations.

It seems both heart and gut have a mind of their own and besides communicating with the brain about their activities they might also be helping in brain development, reducing depression and just increasing the level of well being of a person. We will try to show in this essay (http://www.nariphaltan.org/gut.pdf) how brain, heart and gut minds work together to produce a happy person.

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    May 21 2011: To call those neuron clusters and neuronal structures having a mind is in my opinion a stretching of the definition of what a mind is...

    Be careful what properties you wish to assign to it, as you will need to provide proof of it. (your article has some good documented established information, but then you add ESP?... my woo-detector goes red!

    And maybe look at the spinal chord, as it is also part of the central nervous system... with more neurons than the heart.... are you going to claim that each spinal ganglion has a mind too?

    Overal: you mention good points, but to connect them to old scriptures is not really necessary... beware of confirmation bias!
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      May 21 2011: Thanks for your comments and suggestions. That is the whole purpose of putting it on TED to get divergent points of view.

      The reference to ESP is recorded and so are others. Some have come from personal experience. Though we profess to know a lot about human body and mind but a whole ocean of things remain to be discovered and what is "black magic" of today could be science of tomorrow.
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        May 22 2011: "black magic" of today can only be science of tomorrow if it hasn't been disproved yet...

        Concerning ESP:
        As it means "Extra Sensory Perception", you can always try and apply for Randi's contest... http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/1m-challenge.html
        Technically, something coming from outside yourself, needs a neuronal receptor (or one tied to neuronal receptors). As many sensors have been documented, none has been proven to exist that can receive signals ESP is referring to.

        But If you can proof, according to scientific standards that it exist (which, up to now never happened!), then you will probably have made the most controversial discovery in a century... and you'd be granted the Randi Million of course... (not that you would do it for the money of course, the unveiling of truth is a much better reward)
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      May 21 2011: Good points..I assumed the commenter was pointing to evolutionary science that memory was for all creatures early on in the body itself..in its cells and not in the mind. and that vesitgiges of that may still exist in humans..that some element of memory might be bio chemical and not resident in the brain.. Also many accounts of heart transplant receipients having memores or prferences of their donors..quite well documented but no excatly understood or explained. very hard to fit the complexities and nuances of discussions like thisin these little Ted boxes.

      When I speak of heart, mind, will alinement I am not necessarily talking baout body parts or wther will actually resides in the gut, or feeling in the heart etc. but more about distinct forces that are somehow operative in us as recogniizeable forces which don't laways work together. I am hoping this discussion will somehow keep it at that level to be as useful as possible to the most Ted members.

      I have found the discussions of ego, fear and abundance as all pointing to how different alinements of will, geart and mind affecet our possibilities and our sense of well being. and have hopes tha this discussion might bring the themese developed in these three conversations together.
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    May 21 2011: Anil so great that you have brouht this to Ted..it grows naturally out of recent very popular Ted discussions on fear and ego (non alinement) and abudance (a product of alinement). In fact, in a way, the alinement you are speaking of, between mind, heart and will, is excatly what Ted is seeking to cultivate in the wolrd.It is that alinement thatharnesses the power of our minds, the tsrength of our will (the gut) to the work of the heart...serving others. I believe that practices to aline mind, heart, and gut are accessible to people outside of faith or spiritual practice..that practice itself will bring about the alinement.I hope this discussion will include exploring and sharing some of those practices..
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    May 21 2011: We have neurones everywhere in our body , so if you think sending signals by neuron means having mind then we have many minds or you want to say in terms abundance of neuron in an organ to be a mind?

    "Life starts when it starts beating (21 days of cenception) & ends (clinical death) when it stops" I disagree with it as you mentioned in your attachment about heart. Are you saying that zygote or even sperm and ovum to be lifeless?What about uniceullar and multicellular organism without a heart. Are all those lifeless? What about plants are those lifeless?

    Actually defining life & death are really very complicated in complex species as even after clinical death of human many cells and organ are alive, thats why cadaveric transplantation of organs is possible. There are many evidences after so called clinical death human being came to so called life , so that would not be possible if life was concentrated in one or the other organ.