More Great Science


Thanks to Elise Fussell for bringing our attention to the great article below on the gut and the mind.

And then Lee recently highlighted this important story.

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Published September 20, 2011 by Kevin Behan
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4 responses to “More Great Science”

  1. Annie says:

    Really interesting article about the probiotics. My Irish grandmother used to have an expression: “I spleen against that”, meaning, her gut was telling her to avoid something, or that she was disgusted by a situation. The actual function of the spleen as part of the gut..plays out it’s metaphorical associations.

  2. AZStu says: here is the link to the first story if the one above doesn’t work for you.

  3. AZStu says: here is the link to the first story if the one above doesn’t work for you.

    Interesting article, maybe some of our western wired-type behavior is from the lack of these bacteria in our guts. Unless you eat fermented (and not heat killed) foods or yoghurt you wouldn’t encounter these much. Much of the world still actively eats naturally fermented foods. Any thoughts on probiotics and dogs?

  4. kbehan says:

    I agree that this is an amazing direction of research. There’s a presentation on TED somewhere about the relationship of humans to the bacteria, which are far more numerous in our bodies than our own cells, and that there is a network of communication between all these bacteria within and without and which interfaces with our cells, and that the bacteria contribute 100 times more genetic material to the interaction than our own DNA. In this context the author then poses the question, what part of our mind is due to our human cells and genes, and what is due to the bacteria that cohabit within and without our bodies? This kind of research confirms my thesis that intelligence is the result of a network consciousness rather than a self-contained computational agency of mind.

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In Your Dog Is Your Mirror, dog trainer Kevin Behan proposes a radical new model for understanding canine behavior: a dog’s behavior and emotion, indeed its very cognition, are driven by our emotion. The dog doesn’t respond to what the owner thinks, says, or does; it responds to what the owner feels. And in this way, dogs can actually put people back in touch with their own emotions. Behan demonstrates that dogs and humans are connected more profoundly than has ever been imagined — by heart — and that this approach to dog cognition can help us understand many of dogs’ most inscrutable behaviors. This groundbreaking, provocative book opens the door to a whole new understanding between species, and perhaps a whole new understanding of ourselves.
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