Surely you must be kidding.

Did you know it has been proven that your soul is immortal? Yes! I would never kid about such issues. Take a look if you are skeptical – http://gita.brainhungry.com/is-the-soul-immortal/

Sir Isaac Newton, renowned Physicist and Mathematician, President of the Royal Society, owner of 9 esteemed awards, worked for years performing and trying to perfect alchemy, transforming metal to gold, and tried to find the elixir of life only to be shunned by the cruel gates of fate and reality. Whereas, verse 22 of Srimad Bhagavat Geeta says ‘Soul is immortal. Only body can be harmed. Soul maintains immortality at every instance’, hence it is obvious that we have inside us the elixir of life.

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Yes it was. Because, Spoiler Alert! Soul is indubitably and beyond the shadow of a doubt not immortal.

I’m not being irreverent or neither am i portraying disdain towards Bhagavat gita. I’m abiding by the facts. One thing that has always left me wondering is how Krishna preached the entire bhagavat gita on a battlefield. A battlefield! A place veiled with an atmosphere of hatred and animosity, with the animals ready to charge, weapons shining in the scorching sun, Victory ablaze in everyone’s eyes. As i was searching on this, I found a perfect site. Take a look at this – http://nirmukta.com/2011/12/02/more-truths-about-the-bhagavad-gita/ 

Even if you’re a staunch follower of the gita, this must have stirred some doubts inside of you.

Coming to the concept of eternal soul, Reverend Billy Graham, perhaps the most highly respected Christian evangelist in the world, made the following remarks concerning the human “soul” in his Louisville Kentucky Crusade:

Your eternal soul is the most valuable thing you possess.
You have a body, but living inside of you is your spirit or soul. And when a person dies, what happens? The soul goes on.
(Speaking on the value of the soul.)
First, it’s valuable because it’s eternal. It’s going to live forever. A million years from now, our soul will be living.
The body is the house, the soul is the tenant. But when the body dies, the soul lives on.
The good news is that God offers eternal life to every soul.

I beg your pardon, but if you already posses an eternal soul, then why should ‘God’ offer eternal life to every soul? When this question was put forth to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, their reply had nothing to do with the prime question. They simply restated their beliefs, seamlessly stringing together words to make up sentences which on a superficial note seems convincing for the reader. 

The vast majority of Christian theologians believe and teach that man is born as an immortal, spiritual “soul” housed within a physical body. This creates an obvious problem as spiritual bodies do not feel pain. Hence,non-believers are blessed with a happy eternal life and their punishment is totally pain free! To solve this myth, the theologians created another, which states the non-believers will suffer the pain of burning alive for eternity when cast into hell fire. If an omnipotent God designed a system whereby all people who are not Christians will burn in the agony of hell fire for, then i demand them to explain the verse

… God is love.

Well, Surely then he wouldn’t stand by watching billions suffer everyday, would he?

I could go on and on contradicting the statements. But it’s not going to derail the followers from their sightless path laid with misconceptions and the final destination unknown.

Sometimes we blindly accept some non-facts just because it has been is rendered true by our ancestors and this becomes a tradition. What’s worse is, at the same time, we also blindly disregard actual facts because they contradict our belief system. And one famous misinterpretation that creationists have succeeded in preaching is that ‘Evolution is a fallacy’. It is outrageous when you hear such beliefs of people. Jerry A. Coyne in his novel ‘Why Evolution is True’ has beautifully explained and bridged the gap in your mind between your doubts and the truth.

 

The problem with us is that we do not like to pursue questions which requires thinking. Critical thinking. We are not the only ones at fault. We have been raised in an environment which feeds us with facts or fallacies which it’s familiar with already and shuns us from exploring new ideas, fearing it will contradict the contemporary ones. This has been going on for ages, and it has reached a point where we ourselves have instilled a callous attitude towards thinking. Thankfully, the last few centuries we’ve had people, people like Einstein, Newton, Halley, who dismissed the obstacles of their path and transgressed their thoughts to a new level.

If you have a doubt, your answer is just a click away. Although, internet is not reliable most of the times, it still helps you open your mind to the views of others, and let’s you look at things from their perspectives.

When you start doing that, that’s when your imagination trumps your beliefs. And as you know,

Imagination is better than knowledge

-Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

Decide – Apples or oranges?

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Everyday we come across hundreds of circumstances where the situation demands us to choose one of any two. In some cases, such as whether or not you have to eat that decadent chocolate cup cake, it doesn’t involve much of squeezing your gray cells. You just ponder over it a minute, and finally choose to eat( Yes, this applies to all!). But in other supreme and career-changing type situations, your brain goes into a miserable and hopeless state infamously known as ‘dilemma’.

People always say ‘Do what your heart says’. But that line has no logicality. The only function your aortic pump can do without any mistake(most of the times) is contract atrium, squeeze in blood, and contract your ventricles. And it does this every day, every second without showing fatigue. Nonetheless, the decisions that you take everyday has nothing to with your heart.

It’s all taking place in that 1.4 kilogram of squishy yet massive glob of yours. Every thought, fear, worry, languish, misery, joy, anger, elation, and every decision that you have ever made till now has been a consequence of your brain. How does it all magically work though? A recent study suggests that our brain much like a see-saw, goes back and forth between the two factors- risk versus reward.

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“Cognitive control and value-based decision-making tasks appear to depend on different brain regions within the frontal cortex,” says Jan Glascher, a professor at Caltech university. Let me clarify that with a very lively day-to-day example. You go to a grocery store, and there your valuation network is always providing you with information about what’s rewarding around you — the things you want to buy — but also lots of distracting things like junk food and other items popping into your vision off the shelves. In such situations, cognitive control is what keeps you on hold. Whatever distractions the situation throws at you, you need to keep your goal fixed in mind, march out to the checkout counter and be done with it.

But this is not case with people having psychotic disorder. Depressed and miserable people find it much strenuous to come to a decision cause nothing seems anticipating to them. Everything appears equally bleak and renders decision making impossible. Any medical fact is baseless without a survey. And sure enough, the researchers conducted a survey on 350 patients affected with lesions in specific places. Whilst this was happening, neurologists from university of Iowa combined the study of more than 30 years. The researchers found that damage to a region known as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) appears to profoundly affect cognitive control. The study suggests that the dlPFC forms a network with the anterior cingulate cortex, together keeping focus, switching it when appropriate to the task, and looking for erroneous choices in order to correct them.

Yeah, I know that was a  verbiage of words. To make it simple and understandable, the researchers mean that, damage to dIPFC will refrain you to switch from one category to another.

To make it more coherent,

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Say out loud the name of the ‘COLOR’ of each word, and not the word itself.

It’s quite troublesome,isn’t it? But if you find it entirely impossible, then i would suggest you go to a doctor.

There are totally two prominent networks bearing all these decision making chaos. The cognitive control and the valuation. If either of them go offline, impulsive behaviour gets stronger. They both need to attain a perfect reinforcing balance for your brain to function, properly.

Having a strong grip of this concept will help doctors aid psychiatric patients and simultaneously help cognitively healthy folks who constantly deal with onslaught of distractions that typifies our modern life.

Or you could you know, solve it all with a magic 8 ball. It’s totally your decision!

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