THE REAL SCIENCE BEHIND:
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters
“And then there are even cooler places where we are trapped in the spaces in the rock,” Sam says.
“Ugh. That sounds horrible,” I think, claustrophobic just thinking of it.
“No. Not at all,” Sam says. “It’s like being in your own house, in your own bed, the comfort of that moment when you are half asleep and half awake. I have felt that in you. It is like being held in the arms of the earth, still and yet still slowly dancing.”
He makes it sound beautiful. I slowly rearrange my mind to include being trapped in the interstitial spaces of semi-molten igneous rock as comforting and homey. It’s hard to do, but somehow not impossible.
~An excerpt from Sleep of Reason
Weird Life Found Trapped in Giant Underground Crystals: Floating in pockets of fluid, the microbes are likely new to science and may be up to 50,000 years old, a NASA researcher says.
Our busy minds create a rhythm of their own, literally. And knowing that may help Alzheimers sufferers...
The wood is warm under my fingers, soft and moist in the afternoon sun. Shup-shup-shup-shup-shup and a flying pause as my fingers hop across the fence post and onto the next slat, shup-shup-shup-shup-shup and fly. I breathe in as my hand makes the jump.
The air is thick with the heat and wet of the morning’s rain. It holds weight. Caresses my arms as I move through it. My mind wanders as I listen to the rhythm my hand is making and I try to order my steps in time with my breath and the beat of my fingers on the fence. Shup-shup-step-shup-shup-shup-step-fly-breathe. I’m trying too hard now. It’s throwing the whole thing off. But with some more work, this could be something. As if my rhythm is part of a song I can’t hear.
~An excerpt from Sleep of Reason
THE REAL SCIENCE:
Alzheimers and Light Therapy: Our busy minds create a rhythm of their own, literally. In fact, the mind's axons fire in different prescribed rhythms depending on the action they intend to produce. And as we are constantly in the middle of plural actions, our heads are constantly creating their own rhythm section as part of the physical process of our being. In people with Alzheimer's, scientists have found their axons can't fire at one particular frequency, and that the action tied to that frequency is the calling forth of the cleanup crew for the brain. Even more fascinating was the way they figured it out, and how they hope to use the information to help.
What happens when Nanoarchaea peregrinus’ food source in the earth runs out? If we are connected, could we be at the beginning of our own version of Colony Collapse?
Our appalling environmental behavior isn’t killing us outright. But, what if it is slowly killing who we are? What if by compromising those populations that live in the earth, we are also compromising those that live in our minds.
Think of all the mind’s mysteries—issues we work to control, but cannot fully explain: depression, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy. Think of the people dealing with what we call ‘syndromes’ because we don’t know what else to call them— the schizophrenics, the psychopaths, the sociopaths. Could we already be dealing with the symptoms of our collapse without knowing it?
Are we changing the world in a way that is damaging to us?
~an excerpt from The Sleep of Reason
The Gut-Brain Connection to Mood Disorders, Autism: These microbes’ reach may extend much further, into the human brain. A growing group of researchers around the world are investigating how the microbiome, as this bacterial ecosystem is known, regulates how people think and feel. Scientists have found evidence that this assemblage—about a thousand different species of bacteria, trillions of cells that together weigh between one and three pounds—could play a crucial role in autism, anxiety, depression, and other disorders.
Margaret Riley is a wordsmith, slow-kayaker, slow-skiier, photographer of strange realities, and a deep believer in the magic of story time.