Shedding Skin - by Doug Marman

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Re: Shedding Skin - by Doug Marman

Postby Vidyanet on Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:06 pm

I, too, was glad to hear about the contributions of others recently.

Some quotes from a magazine I pulled [bought] from the shelf just today:

HOW CAN YOU GET RID OF A MEMORY AFTER IT IS IMPRINTED IN THE BRAIN? When a memory is formed it is consolidated, but each time it's retrieved it becomes unstable again. This allows you to update the memory. Let's say you meet someone at a party, you form a memory of them, and a week later you hear gossip about that person. Now you retrieve the memory and store it with new information. In experiments with animals, if we retrieve a memory and inject a drug that blocks the molecular process that leads to storage, the memory is lost.

SO PEOPLE MIGHT POP A PILL TO GET RID OF ANXIETY OR BAD MEMORIES? Rather than injecting drugs, our lab injects new content into a memory, updating it with non-fearful information. When we lose control over fear, distorted emotions interfere with our lives. Reducing fear has implications for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, and addiction.

Five Questions For Daniela Schiller [3rd & 4th question], DISCOVER MAGAZINE, November 2009, p. 20

I found that article interesting (it's only one page long) because it started out talking about fear. What it said about memory was particularly interesting, to me. Not solely because I work with dementia clients from time to time, but on account of fear and trauma and the ways it can lead to various conditions. Including post traumatic stress. What I took note of was the possibility of restoring a memory with new information. It wasn't exactly clear to me what was meant by "... our lab injects new content into a memory." But I don't exactly care. It was the reminder, such a thing is possible, that I found really fascinating. There are probably many different ways to do this. Retrieve a memory and change it. I'm eager to explore ways to do this.

Has anybody found other methods that work for them? Heard about methods that render a similar effect?


P.S. I really hate to quote something out of context. Not give the rest of the story. In this case though, I decided not to type out the whole article (that way you can check it out for yourself). However, I feel that since I quoted the story (by Amy Barth) I should at least mention something about the person she was questioning. This is from the beginning of the article:

Daniela Schiller served in the Israeli army, but it was not until she went parachuting during college that she truly understood the power of fear. Now she is building on that epiphany as a postdoc at New York University, studying memory and fear with leading neuroscientists Elizabeth Phelps and Joseph LeDoux.

Daniela also plays drums in a rock band :)
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Re: Shedding Skin - by Doug Marman

Postby andrea on Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:06 am

hi Vidyanet
Here is a book that might have some answers.
Title:Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves
Author: Sharon Begley
Book overview
"In this fascinating and far-reaching book, Newsweek science writer Sharon Begley reports on how cutting-edge science and the ancient wisdom of Buddhism have come together to reveal that, contrary to popular belief, we have the power to literally change our brains by changing our minds. Recent pioneering experiments in neuroplasticity–the ability of the brain to change in response to experience–reveal that the brain is capable of altering its structure and function, and even of generating new neurons, a power we retain well into old age. The brain can adapt, heal, renew itself after trauma, compensate for disabilities, rewire itself to overcome dyslexia, and break cycles of depression and OCD. And as scientists are learning from studies performed on Buddhist monks, it is not only the outside world that can change the brain, so can the mind and, in particular, focused attention through the classic Buddhist practice of mindfulness.

With her gift for making science accessible, meaningful, and compelling, Sharon Begley illuminates a profound shift in our understanding of how the brain and the mind interact and takes us to the leading edge of a revolution in what it means to be human."

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Re: Shedding Skin - by Doug Marman

Postby Vidyanet on Thu Oct 22, 2009 3:59 pm


That was quite interesting, I thought. Thanks for sharing it.

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Re: Shedding Skin - by Doug Marman

Postby Dennis on Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:52 pm

Being a newcomer to this discussion, I don’t know it I can really pull this all together in a meaningful way.

What is beginning to stand out for me is the idea of “spiritual growth”. There was a day when I was always looking for how fast or slow I was growing, if an experience offered me some spiritual growth and looking around me to see how I was growing in comparison to others.

I have come to believe that this self-analysis is a curious past time. Periods that I felt I was growing fast, turned out to be times when I did more noticing. The development of Soul, is not dictated by time and space as it is happing at all times on many levels. Once you have gained an awareness of yourself as Soul, growth becomes a non-issue. We are becoming, that which we already are. Growth then becomes more like recognizing more of what you already are.

Soul continues to move towards a greater ability to love. It is its’ primal nature to do so. Every experience, on every level of consciousness, only enhances this natural tendency and it continues to become more and more like its creator. It never becomes the same as the creator but naturally resembles it more and more.

I often feel that all the issues around spiritual growth is just another cosmic joke. That said, it doesn’t mean that you just quit making any effort towards spiritual development. The development comes as a product of giving and receiving more and more unconditional love.

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Re: Shedding Skin - by Doug Marman

Postby Doug Marman on Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:53 am


I followed exactly what you were trying to say, and I think you explained it well.

Thanks for adding this perspective.

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