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meditating desription

How do we move?
Well of course science says that our
brain sends electrical impulses
through the spinal cord to all parts of
the body, which causes our muscles
to contract, bend, twist, turn, etc...
Now go back to the brain. We know
it makes the electrical impulses
that goes on to the muscles. But
how does it make that primary
impulse which allows us to move?
What tells the brain to do what it
does? What is the primary concious
and how does it exist? What causes
it? What is the absolute first
command which tells the brain to
release the electrical impulse which
leads through the spinal cord all the
way to the muscles and causes
them to contract which allows us to
move everytime we move?
Is it that we just will
ourselves to move?
Are we completely
involuntary?
...
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#19 - arziben (11/27/2012) [-]
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#11 - deusexcetera (11/27/2012) [-]
The brain is always sending electrical signals. One signal leads to the next leads to the next. When the electricity stops, you are dead.
#65 - theJENK (11/28/2012) [+] (4 replies)
I'll give you an example. (Extremely simplified)   
You see a dirty dish on the table. The light reflecting off of the dish goes into your eye. Your eye's lens focuses it on the retina, the retina absorbs the light and sends an electrical signal to the occipital lobe. The occipital lobe processes the signal and sends the processed information into the frontal lobe, parietal lobe and so on. It is within one of those lobes that the signal connects with a memory about what dirty dishes look like, your dishwasher, and that you need put dishes in it to make them clean, and other types of logic-based memory like what things you need to do to keep the house clean and why you should clean it, etc. Those signals are then sent back to through some more logic processes and finally back to the cerebellum and thalamus and a few others which controls motor functions which sends signals down to your muscles that allow you to pick up the dish and put it into the dishwasher.    
   
TL;DR the electrical signals are not just created out of thin air, they are a continuous chain reaction based on internal and external stimuli that began with the beginning of your life. Or I suppose you could argue, the universe.
I'll give you an example. (Extremely simplified)
You see a dirty dish on the table. The light reflecting off of the dish goes into your eye. Your eye's lens focuses it on the retina, the retina absorbs the light and sends an electrical signal to the occipital lobe. The occipital lobe processes the signal and sends the processed information into the frontal lobe, parietal lobe and so on. It is within one of those lobes that the signal connects with a memory about what dirty dishes look like, your dishwasher, and that you need put dishes in it to make them clean, and other types of logic-based memory like what things you need to do to keep the house clean and why you should clean it, etc. Those signals are then sent back to through some more logic processes and finally back to the cerebellum and thalamus and a few others which controls motor functions which sends signals down to your muscles that allow you to pick up the dish and put it into the dishwasher.

TL;DR the electrical signals are not just created out of thin air, they are a continuous chain reaction based on internal and external stimuli that began with the beginning of your life. Or I suppose you could argue, the universe.
#47 - masdercheef (11/28/2012) [-]
You did this to me.
#38 - milehighpride (11/27/2012) [+] (4 replies)
I can just smell the macbook pros, scarves, and lens less thick black rimmed glasses on half of these "deep and philosophical" paragraphs below me.
I can just smell the macbook pros, scarves, and lens less thick black rimmed glasses on half of these "deep and philosophical" paragraphs below me.
User avatar #4 - guitarguise (11/27/2012) [+] (3 replies)
the brain is self-perpetuating. Its existence is the existence of consciousness. It like asking why a rock is grey. The rock is grey because that's simply the way that light reflects off its surface. It is grey because it exists that way.

If you want to ask how consciousness comes to existence, well there is no good answer for that. To understand that, we need to understand everything about ourselves - which we don't. Some theorists aren't even sure whether our brain has the ability to comprehend itself in its entirety.
#1 - blackholee (11/27/2012) [-]
**blackholee rolled a random image posted in comment #5 at FEELS HERE. ** WORDS
#74 - SpicerHyx (11/28/2012) [-]
What I pictured.
What I pictured.
#57 - trolololer (11/28/2012) [-]
mfw
mfw
#56 - warlordtitan (11/28/2012) [-]
the primary response is given by our senses and the information should be then processed by the brain. (so the initial signal is pretty much one of the senses(and like binary more and more simple digits can make more complex numbers))
User avatar #35 - xbits (11/27/2012) [-]
The answer is genetics. The instructions came from our ancestors.
User avatar #34 - yunogasaii (11/27/2012) [-]
Here comes the smart, philosophical, and deep people, prepare yourselves for paragraphs
User avatar #12 - stickdudes (11/27/2012) [-]
when you think about it though, we're all just brains protected by suits made of muscles, skin, bones, etc.
#10 - rprol (11/27/2012) [+] (5 replies)
there is no free will. only the illusion of free will. we are all simply extremely complicated machines which are preprogrammed to follow a certain path due to previous actions. imagine if you could know the motion of every atom and know how it all works. you would be able to predict exactly what is going to happen. Thus no free will. But what about quantum mechanics? Well that doesn't help us either. It simply introduces and element of randomness into the equation not choice. However since no-one can know all of reality then we have to pretend that free will exists and it is this pretence that allows morality back into the world.
#46 - Womens Study Major (11/28/2012) [-]
The first impulse is the sensory input that triggers the response, usually. That is evaluated in the brain by a number of different parameters, and action is taken. Alternately, the original impulse could originate from somewhere in the brain itself (usually from an emotional processing area). But the consciousness itself and its inner workings are still a mystery.

I plan to major in neuro, but I'm no doctor.

User avatar #44 - johnmassacre (11/27/2012) [-]
this reminds me of the creepypasta strings
#13 - Womens Study Major (11/27/2012) [-]
how does my computer force restart in the middle of my essay? yeah, not as deep as you thought hipster.
User avatar #9 - apocalypticburrito (11/27/2012) [-]
think of it as a computer, each movement is a command
although it has been programmed it follows a basic set of "rules" or to us instinct, the brain learns and by learning it can choose which action to execute
its more of a action reaction if burned on the arm you instantly move your arm away with out thinking
i don,t know much of the brain so i cant give an answer but you would need to really reverse engineer it
whats more hard to think of is what is thinking, what is that voice in your head and how do you hear it in the first place?
#6 - Womens Study Major (11/27/2012) [-]
The brain named itself. Think of that.
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