Your brain "wiggles" a little with every heartbeat
Looking for a heartbeat? Advances in the MRI field can now show you.
The human heartbeat. Pretty much everyone has one, and many kickass songs have been written about its existence. It may come to you as a surprise, then, that your heart and brain are currently doing something you didn't know it was doing before: dancing together with every heartbeat.
Well, it's more of a wiggle. And it's hardly Mambo Number 5... it's a very slight wiggle. Barely detectable, but happens when cerebrospinal fluid gets pumped up the spine. Take a look for yourself, thanks to researchers at the University of Auckland and Stanford University:
University of Auckland, Stanford University
It's detected by a special MRI called amplified MRI, that can show the movement better than regular MRIs can. Researchers could use this data on the brain wiggling to help create better helmets, and even go as far to potentially spot future aneurysms.
Cardiac gating during MRIs is nothing new, but amplified MRIs take what is cardiac gating tries to avoid (i.e., and I'm paraphrasing HUGELY here, but cardiac gating is done to prevent a blurred MRI) and record the full thing in detail. Still want another analogy? Regular MRIs are 480p resolution, and amplified MRIs are 4K.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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