Athene’s Theory of Everything

Athene’s Theory of Everything – Notes and best bits which I thought was valuable information about this video.

Chapter 1
God Is In The Neurons

Virtually any sort of talent can be created by training.

Whatever you are doing at any time, you are physically modifying your brain to become better at it.

Being self-aware can greatly enrich our life experience.

Part 1. Social neuroscience
Our beliefs have a profound impact on our body chemistry. This is why placebos can be so effective. Self-esteem or self-belief is closely linked to the neurotransmitter serotonin.

Social validation increases the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain.

Part 2. Mirror neurons & consciousness
When we grow up, our moral and ethical compass is almost entirely forged by our environment, so our actions are often a result of the validation we get from society.

Empathy neurons connect us to other people, allowing us to feel what others feel.

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. We are in a constant duality between how we see ourselves and how others see us.

This can result in a confusion in terms of identity and self-esteem. And brain scans show that we experience these negative emotions even before we are aware of them.

Self-observing profoundly changes the way our brain works. It activates the self-regulating neo-cortical regions, which give us an incredible amount of control over our feelings.

When we’re not being self-aware, most of our thoughts and actions are impulsive and the idea that we are randomly reacting and not making conscious choices is instinctively frustrating. This is also called backward rationalization, and it can leave most of our negative emotions unresolved and ready to be triggered at any time.

Our experiences are constantly changing our neural connections, physically altering the parallel system that is our consciousness.

Part 3. God is in the neurons

Part 4. I am Athene
“The mirror neuron does not know the difference between it, and others.”

At every moment, we are, in fact, a different image. A different entity when mirroring, when hungry, when watching this video. Every second, we become different persons as we go through different states.

Nothing is external. This is not a hypothetical philosophy, it is the basic property of mirror neurons, which allow us to understand ourselves through others. Seeing this neural activity as your own, while excluding the environment, would be a misconception.

We are a momentery expression of an ever-changing unity with no center.

The psychological consequences of this as an objective belief system allow self-awareness without attachment to the imagined self, causing dramatic increases in mental clarity, social conscience, self-regulation and what’s often described as ‘being in the moment’.

Practical labeling underpins all forms of interactions in our daily lives. But by psychologically labeling the self as internal and the enviroment as external, we constrain our own neurochemical processes and experience a deluded disconnection.

Growth and its evolutionary side-effects, such as happiness and fulfilment, are stimulated when we are not being labeled in our interactions.

Sociologists have established that phenomena such as obesity and smoking, emotions and ideas, spread and ripple through society in much same way that electric signals of neurons are transferred when their activity is synchronized.

Chapter 2
The Grand Scheme Of Things

Human mind being able to command the universe through positive thinking.

Theory of Holographic universe.

Those were the only notes I got out of Chapter 2. In my opinion Chapter 1 was more interesting and I think many others also think alike. Nonetheless Chapter 2 is also full of interesting stuff you might want to watch yourself.

I would better demonstrate Chapter 2 with this short and VERY interesting video:

Is Reality an Illusion?