The God of all Neurons - John Van Sloten

October 17, 2010

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWhat do Neurons teach us about who God is? Can they help us know him better?

Defn - A neuron (pronounced /ˈnjʊərɒn/ N(Y)OOR-on, also known as a neurone or nerve cell) is an electrically excitable cell that processes and transmits information by electrical and chemical signaling.

The glory of God is a human being fully alive.

Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?
Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 22:36-39, TNIV

I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn't bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.
Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear fruit unless you are joined with me.
I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
Jesus in John 15:1-8, TNIV

Introduction video clip; Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it.
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Drawings by Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Cajal provided us with some of the first views of brain cells. He used the Golgi staining method to see individual neurons and drew them by hand, about 100 years ago, peering through his optical microscope. He even had the foresight to suggest the flow of information through neurons from axons to dendrites. He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with Camillo Golgi, in 1906 for such work.

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April 18, 2012
wtf is this Christian s**t, why i gotta hear about jesus in my science :(

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March 13, 2012
Uh, no. Dendritic branches are pruned so every branch that doesn't bear fruit may be pruned...but chances are if it's traumatic it's not pruned because for better or worse that's how many people learn. Furhter more "when the bough breaks" is an important thing to remember. What happens to those branches? Don't really get very far and in particular according to a well respected quantum physics professor if "you wish upon a star" then forget about it you just might find your bundle of bliss.
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March 04, 2011
why do you need God, anyway?
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January 15, 2011
Great Video!
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January 15, 2011
I like the first guy much better...
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December 14, 2010
theres a virgining new field?? did this virgin mean emerging?

Pastor John says it may sound like "virgining" but he did say "burgeoning"

burgeoning - present participle of bur·geon (Verb)1. Begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish: "manufacturers are keen to cash in on the burgeoning demand".

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December 12, 2010
other type of energy that exist in our brain, same one that guides this universe, and what I mean guides is that is in charge of time, space, and how everything works. I know it exist, I just had a vision of it the other day and it made perfect sense to me, but now is gone, and I can't remember exactly what it is...

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November 22, 2010
This stuff is for answering the "what" "why" and "how", not the "who" though. "Who" is the the question we leave for the theologians and philosophers to mull over.
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November 19, 2010
i think thats a question a lot of people have asked themselves, certainly when you can appreciate the sheer complexity of it all. Personally, studying molecular neurobiology has made me an atheist. At first you think that something that complex could never arise spontaneously, then when u start playing around in a lab you can see how there is no rhyme and reason to the way biology works. There in so no doubt in my mind that no 'guy in a cloud' snapped his fingers and created us
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November 06, 2010
What can neurons teach us about life? They teaches us that all of life - including affection, thought, and mimicry - is constituted by complex chains of chemical reactions. Neurons don't "want" to form dendritic spines. They do so because they're physical, molecular composites obeying the laws of physics. In the same way as our neurons, we humans act and react according to disinterested, sub-personal, physical forces.
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October 19, 2010
How can God not fit into this? Look at the complexity, the perfection of the design! There's no way that we're an accident.

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October 19, 2010
The way God, or even consciousness itself figs into all this, is what some psychologists call the Big Problem. That's in contrast to the Little Problem, which (someone can correct me if I'm wrong) is about how the brain works as a whole from a rational, and not a spiritual point of view. From what I've read (e.g. Pinker) we're not even close to solving the Little Problem, not to mention the Big one. So, let's revisit your question.. say, a hundred years from now?

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