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Athene's Theory of Everything

Athene's Theory of Everything

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Published by Giuliano Valverde
The following document presents new developments in neuroscience and a solution to the many current unsolved problems in physics. While it keeps clear of metaphysical correlations and is solely focused on scientifically verifiable data, it also has philosophical repercussions pertaining to life, death and the origin of the universe.

Due to its many layers and density in presentation, it may require multiple readings to fully comprehend its implications, even though considerable effort has been made to simplify the complex scientific concepts that are discussed.
The following document presents new developments in neuroscience and a solution to the many current unsolved problems in physics. While it keeps clear of metaphysical correlations and is solely focused on scientifically verifiable data, it also has philosophical repercussions pertaining to life, death and the origin of the universe.

Due to its many layers and density in presentation, it may require multiple readings to fully comprehend its implications, even though considerable effort has been made to simplify the complex scientific concepts that are discussed.

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Published by: Giuliano Valverde on May 31, 2013
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 Athene
s Theory Of Everything
 
 
CHAPTER 1GOD IS IN THE NEURONS
The human brain is a network of approximately one hundred billionneurons. Different experiences create different neural connections whichbring about different emotions. And depending on which neurons getstimulated, certain connections become stronger and more efficient,
while others may become weaker. This is what’s called neuroplasticity.
 Someone who trains to be a musician will create stronger neuralconnections that link the two hemispheres of the brain in order to bemusically creative. Virtually any sort of talent or skill can be createdthrough training.Rüdiger Gamm, who was a self-
admitted ‘hopeless student’, used to fail at
basic math
and went on to train his abilities and became a famous ‘humancalculator’, capable of performing extremely
complex mathematics.Rationality and emotional resilience work the same way. These are neuralconnections that can be strengthened. Whatever you are doing you aredoing at any time, you are physically modifying your brain to becomebetter at it. Since this is a foundational mechanism of the brain, being self-aware can greatly enrich our life experience.
Part 1: Social Neuroscience
Specific neurons and neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine, trigger adefensive state when we feel that our thoughts have to be protected fromthe influence of others. If we are then confronted with differences inopinion, the chemicals that are released in the brain are the same onesthat try to ensure our survival in dangerous situations. In this defensivestate, the more primitive part of the brain interferes with rational thinkingand the limbic system can knock out most of our working memory,
physically causing ‘narrow
-
mindedness’.
 We see this in the politics of fear, in the strategy of poker players orsimply when someone is stubborn in a discussion. No matter how valuablean idea is, the brain has trouble processing it when it is in such a state. On
a neural level, it reacts as if we’re being threatened, even if this threat
 
comes from harmless opinions or facts that we may otherwise find helpfuland could rationally agree with.But when we express ourselves and our views are appreciated, these
‘defense chemicals’ decrease in the brain and dopamine
neurotransmission activates the reward neurons, making us feelempowered and increasing our self-esteem. Our beliefs have a profoundimpact on our body chemistry, this is why placebos can be so effective.Self-esteem or self-belief is closely link to the neurotransmitter serotonin.When the lack of it takes on severe proportions, it often leads todepression, self-destructive behavior or even suicide. Social validationincreases the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain and allows usto let go of emotional fixations and become self-aware more easily.
Part 2: Mirror Neurons & Consciousness
Social psychology often looks at the basic human need to fit in and calls
this the ‘normative social influence’. When we grow up, our moral and
ethical compass is almost entirely forged by our environment, so ouractions are often a result of the validation we get, from society.But new developments in neuroscience are giving us a betterunderstanding of culture and identity.Recent neurological research has confirmed the existence of empatheticmirror neurons. When we experience an emotion or perform anaction, specific neurons fire. But when we observe someone elseperforming this action or when we imagine it, many of the same neuronswill fire again, as if we were performing the action ourselves.These empathy neurons connect us to other people, allowing us to feelwhat others feel. And since these neurons respond to our imagination, wecan experience emotional feedback from them as if it came from someoneelse. This system is what allows us to self-reflect.
 
“The mirror neuron does not know the difference between it
and others ...and is the reason why we are so dependent of 
social validation and why we want to fit in”
- V. S.Ramachandran

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