3 Facts about Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute defines it like this on their website: “Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more […]

The Ideal World: Is Science Going to Create it?

In an ideal world we would learn from the past and create a future that is based on the progress of science. Adolfo Plasencia talks with some of the biggest names in scientific research to shed more light on big questions like Is there a planet besides Earth where we could live on? What if robots […]

Ramon y Cajal: Father of Neurology and his Vision on Dreams

A Book review of The Dreams of Santiago Ramon y Cajal by Benjamin Ehrlich
In this blog you will find out:
why the Nobel price winner Cajal wanted to proof Freud wrong

How to Analyse a dream with an Archetype in 4 Easy Steps

How do you analyse a dream that clearly features an Archetype ? This blog gives you three easy steps. This is part two of a series of HOW TO blogs about dreams on Mindfunda. Each one features a case study in which I carefully, step by step attribute meaning to dream symbols.

Aging and Becoming: A Roadmap Towards Authenticity

Aging and Becoming, A Reflective Inquiry, written by Susan Scott and Susan Schwartz is a book that will try to paint a roadmap of your journey through aging, using the letters of the alphabet as gps points.

Spiritual Soul Searching: Mindfunda Course

In our rational Western Society, dreams are no longer regarded portals into higher knowledge. Do something radical and challenge yourself to set aside everything you were taught about religion. Become your own guru and let your intuition and dreams guide the path of your life.

Freud in His Time and Ours

Freud in His Time and Ours by Roudinesco contains more than 400 pages of information about Freud, his life, his disciples and his personality. A must read for anyone who is interested in dreams.

Nutrition, Neurons, and the Brain: Your Brain on Food Book Review

Your Brain on Food, How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts And Feelings by Gary L. Wenk Oxford University Press, 2010, 2015, $24,95, ISBN 978 0 19 939327 5 Reviewed by Susanne van Doorn   how Nutrition can be addictive Gary Wenk PhD, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience & Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State […]

Book Review: 11 titles on Mindfunda 2016

Welcome to this years’ list of book review’s that I put on Mindfunda. At its core, Mindfunda is here to distribute useful information to you. Information that will make your life more fun. In three ways: we offer online courses, we offer book reviews and we offer blogs with information about dreaming, spirituality and mythology. […]

Consciousness: the Ripples in the Lake of the Brain

‘A Day in the Life of the Brain – The Neuroscience of Consciousness from Dawn Till Dusk’  by Susan Greenfield Reviewed for Mindfunda by Drs. Susanne van Doorn Allen Lane, 2016, kindle ISBN: 0241256674 hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0241256671     Susan Greenfield takes you through the day and night of a male with a teenage son in an unhappy marriage. […]

3 things you should know about a Visitation Dream

A Visitation Dream is like an orgasm. If you had one, you know it. There is no doubt about it. A visitation dream is a special kind of dream. “Visitation dreams have an even more illustrious historical and cultural background. Dreams of dead ancestors are a prominent and well-known experience found in virtually every indigenous culture […]

Children Dream about Sleep Monsters and Superheroes

Sleep Monsters and Superheroes: Empowering Children through Creative Dreamplay Clare R. Johnson and Jean M. Campbell, Editors ABC-CLIO, LLC 2016, $48.00 paper ISBN-13: 9781440842665, $47.85 ebook: ISBN-10: 1440842663 Reviewed by Drs. Susanne van Doorn Edited by Christian Gerike M.A.   Children Dream, parents panic Children dream. In their dreams they are creative, they are scared, they cope with the challenges […]

How to Remember your Dreams

Today’s Guest Blog: Remembering Dreams  is written by Christian Gerike M.A, who teaches The Psychology of Dreams  at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California. It is Part II of a two Part series about Sleeping and Dreaming. By clicking the link you can read Part I: Sleep Well, Remembering Dream.

Sleeping Well, Remembering Dreams

Today’s Guest Blog: Sleeping Well, Remembering Dreams  is written by Christian Gerike M.A, who teaches The Psychology of Dreams  at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California. It is Part I of a two Part series about Sleeping and Dreaming; you can read Part II: Remembering Dreams here.

Problem Solving using the Committee of Sleep

Life is about problem solving. You just conquered a problem. Before you have a chance to lay back and enjoy your peace of mind, another problem is calling to be solved. Deirdre Barrett Ph.D, who teaches at Harvard, wrote a book about how dreams can be used as tools for problem solving.

Cognitive Dream Theory: Bill Domhoff

Mindfunda Talked with Bill Domhoff about the Cognitive Dream Theory. In the Mindfunda Online Course Dreaming about the Brain, this is one of the three models discussed. The other two are the psychodynamic model of Mark Solms and the Activation-Input-Modulation  of Allan Hobson. The latter being the most widely accepted theory of dreaming by scientists.

Conscious: our capacity to know about us

Being Conscious to me is knowing who you are. Having a concept of self. Being type one diabetic I have experienced first hand what can go wrong with this concept of self due to low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia). I remember how I, at one point in time, felt that I could not walk anymore in a straight […]

Neurologic: understanding more of you and your world

Neurologic. The aim of this very readable book of Eliezer Sternberg is to explain how the brain acts while you do irrational things. Sternberg, who works at Yale-New Haven Hospital, has a big agenda. In his book he wants to explain: perception; habit; learning; memory; language; existence of selfhood and last but not least; identity.

Sleeping beauty as modern day Inanna

In the month of December Mindfunda will publish a series of blogs about the descent. Today’s blog is about the resemblance of the story of Sleeping Beauty with the Descent Mythology.

Evolution: a new ancestor of homo sapiens

A new ancestor of human has been found: Homo Naledi. Mindfunda tells you about the cave and the people responsible for making the discovery in a cave in South Africa. Read about the new Rosetta Stone and how this piece of the puzzles raises new questions about our inheritance.

Evan Thompson: Waking, Dreaming, Being

Susanne van Doorn from Mindfunda interviewed philosopher Evan Thompson about his book ‘Waking, Dreaming, Being’. Evan Thompson builds a bridge between Western science: neurology and the oldest map of consciousness, Upanishad. A big thanks to Christian Gerike for alerting me to this book, and to Christoph Grassmann, for sharing his presentation about the self in dreaming with […]

Alzheimer day

September 21, Alzheimer day. Twenty million people worldwide are diagnosed with Alzheimer. Alzheimer is named after the German doctor Alois Alzheimer. His diagnostoc process is still used today. Alzheimer is a frighting disease. It sneaks up on a loved one, the gradual destruction the grey matter in the brain. More people get Alzheimer because we all have gotten […]

Oliver Sacks, the man from Awakenings, about dreaming

“Waking consciousness is dreaming – but dreaming constrained by external reality”  ―Oliver Sacks Oliver Sacks, one of my hero’s died August 29 2015. Almost all of us know him from the film ‘Awakenings‘. Using L-Dopa, a precursor to dopamine that is able to cross the blood brain barrier where dopamine is not able to do […]

Meditation

Reading ‘The Buddha Pill’ written by Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm gave me some insights into meditation I want to share with you. The book was so good that I decided to mail to Catherine and invited her for a Mindfunda interview about ‘The Buddha Pill’. The audio is sometimes a bit tardily because my provider was hacked […]

Dreaming: Do you know Where your Consciousness Goes when You fall asleep?

You are tired. You lie down in bed, close your eyes, yawn and drift away… What happened to your consciousness? Dreaming by Jennifer Windt addresses this question. Philosophical groundwork for modern dream research.

Tryptophan, the royal road to sleep

If dreams are the royal road to the unconscious as Freud once said, then tryptophan is our royal road to sleep.

Take a nap to improve your hippocampus

German researchers have showed in a recent research that taking a nap improves your grades at school

Ray Kurzweil: futurist or fool?

Some say Ray Kurzweil is a genius. Some say Ray Kurzweil is a mad-man. When he was 17 Ray created a homebuilt computer that could compose classical music. The Kurzweil synthesizer was born. Later, he created a reading machine for the blind. At this moment he works for Google. He wants to live forever. Beating […]

Mind your micro expressions?

  Micro expressions. We heard of them. We saw the smile of O.J. and we all thought he was guilty.   Micro Expressions on television A television series called Lie to me was a big hit. A man trained as a super detective scanning people’s faces can spot a liar and solve crimes, keep innocent […]

Spirit molecule: the stuff dreams are made of

Is there a specific molecule responsible for dreaming? And -if so- could it be Dimethyltryptamine (DMT)? Rick Strassman wrote a book about it: The spirit molecule.

Dream recall, a question of packing things together

Dream recall: there are ways to improve it. Research shows that there is also a difference in brain activity. Participate in a new study about dream recall done by Grefgory Scott Sparrow, Kelley Bulkeley and Ryan Hurd.

Michio Kaku: the dreaming mind

Imagine that you are in the cinema late at night. You sit down in your chair, comfortable, relax and watch the screen. Looking at your own dreams…. This used to be an exercise Robert Moss did with his students but now it has come reality. Michio Kaku talks about it in his book the Future […]

Dopamine dreaming

During dreaming the dopamine pathway in the brain plays an important role. ‘Mr. Pleasure principle’ Mark Solms, the man who continues to put Freud on the map again, published this article about dopamine and dreaming. Once the dopamine pathway is damaged, dreaming stops. Porsche researched the dopamine pathway in a very smart way. They made […]

Music: what does it mean to you?

Without music, life would be a mistake  Nietzsche I think music has a special meaning for us don’t you? We, Homo sapiens, made musical instruments as early as 75,000 years ago. Melody is emotion, communication, tunes unite; some say it even plays a key role in the evolutionary path we have undertaken. Sounds that are pleasant to us is […]

Oneirology: what a day for a daydream

The word Oneirology is built out of Oneiron: dreams and logica: making sense of. Oneirology is the scientific study of dreams. Oneirology is about the study of the process of dreams, not the study of the content of dreams. The most common method used till this day is content analysis, using the Hall and van de […]

Neurology newsflash: new neurons trained in sleep

In today’s Mindfunda I want to dedicate a blog to the brain. To neurology to be more specific (see here for a more detailed description of the brain). In this Ted Talk Paul Roossin discusses the history of sleep, the history of sleep science and leads us through a voyage through the brain. Trained as […]

What your cd collection tells about your personality traits

Psychologist Sam Gosling wrote an interesting book about what your material stuff (your cd and book collection even your paintings and even your Facebook profile) tells about who you are. Snoop: what your stuff says about you: Snoop: what your stuff says about your personality traits   Sam Gosling assumes that your stuff gives a clear indication […]

10 remarkable things about the human brain

Unexpected Fact #1: There are no right-brained versus left brained people! Unexpected Fact #2: Awareness can not be traced back to a specific point in the brain! I found out about these -and at least 10 more- remarkable facts by reading ‘The Human Brain Book’ By Rita Carter, a highly recommended read if you are interested […]

Sleep: how long can you stay awake? and 15 other secrets about sleep

What is the longest time somebody did not sleep? What happens in the brain when we sleep? Why do you sleep at night and not during the day? Do insects sleep? How do astronauts sleep in space? Susanne van Doorn selected 15 funny and useful facts on sleep for Mindfunda that you probably did not know yet: Sleep Fact […]

Brain waves can move objects

Using brain waves to move an object: a drone. It flies on brain power, by focussing on moves.

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