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7 octillion atoms in your body...

  1. There are about 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) atoms in your body...

    The heaviest element within us is oxygen, which accounts for about 65% of our body mass. Oxygen atoms exist mostly as water molecules, in combination with the lighter (and more ancient) element hydrogen, whose origins stretch back to the Big Bang.

    About 50-70% of our biology is made up of water. Every time you eat, drink or breathe in air you are absorbing atoms that will become "you."

    We also release atoms daily, in fact about 98% of the atoms in our body are replaced each year. That means that "you" are quite literally a completely different person every New Year.

    We exchange our atoms with the air, with the clouds, rivers, trees, flowers, insects and animals. We also take in energy every day, photons captured by plant leaves (through photosynthesis) as they stream to the Earth from the sun. We are 100% solar powered.

    What Van Gogh expressed in his paintings was profoundly close to the vision of our bodies and Universe as discovered by modern science. Nature is an interconnected evolving mosaic, an ever-changing work of cosmic living art where atoms and energy circulate in new patterns endlessly.

    Paradoxically, while our bodies renew themselves constantly, at the deepest level we are ancient cosmic beings. Every atom of "you" is billions of years old, formed either in the Big Bang (over 13 billion years ago) or in stars that burst as supernovas approximately 5 to 12 billion years back, before our planet and solar system formed.

    While oxygen (created in super nova explosions billions of years ago) accounts for most of our body mass it is actually hydrogen atoms (from the Big Bang) that are most plentiful, accounting for over half of the number of atoms in your body.

    In a very deep sense we are the Universe, in human form. Something worth contemplating and celebrating? Wishing cosmic "you" a very Happy Holiday and New Year...

    Creative Systems Thinking

    "You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.” ~Eckhart Tolle

    "We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree... Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of Nature, a unique action of the total Universe." ~Alan Watts

    Information & image sources:

    Cosmic Recipe for Earthlings (Discover Magazine)

    Atomic Tune-Up: How the Body Rejuvenates Itselfhttps://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=11893583

    Composition of the human bodyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composition_of_the_human_body

    "Everything is Connected" Tom Chi

    Spiritual by Nature: How Solar Energy Animates Life https://creativesystemsthinking.wor...ual-by-nature-how-solar-energy-animates-life/

    "We are shape-shifters, temporary arisings of awareness and form, unique waves of life in the Cosmic ocean." http://upliftconnect.com/universe-is-one/

    "Once you know this..." ~Alan Watts

    20 Amazing Facts About the Human Body https://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/jan/27/20-human-body-facts-science

    Which elements are found in the human body?https://askabiologist.asu.edu/content/atoms-life
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    “You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.”
    ― Alan W. Watts
  3. "Humans have a powerful capacity to process visual information, skills that date far back in our evolutionary lineage. And since the advent of science, we have employed intricate visual strategies to communicate data, often utilizing design principles that draw on these basic cognitive skills. In a modern world where we have far more data than we can process, the practice of data visualization has gained even more importance. From scientific visualization to pop infographics, designers are increasingly tasked with incorporating data into the media experience. Data has emerged as such a critical part of modern life that it has entered into the realm of art, where data-driven visual experiences challenge viewers to find personal meaning from a sea of information, a task that is increasingly present in every aspect of our information-infused lives. "

  4. His bit about the piano unlocking pathways in the brain is so very true.

    Steve Jobs thoughts: https://www.cultofmac.com/511183/expensive-piano-steve-jobs-bought-mac-team-lives/
  5. An interesting article, thanks. I've always wanted to learn the piano. When I decide to take it on, I'll probably go this route.

    Applied tech using neuroplasticity principals.

    A musician's approach to learning a new piece via Halo.

    Unfortunately, Halo asserts that they don't think it would be applicable to trading, there is not enough physical exertion nor required muscle memory to train.

    In terms of trading, biofeedback and edmr technologies might be more applicable.
  6. There could very well be something to that. The electrical stimulation provided by a TENS unit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TENS_unit is remarkable in relieving pain. It seems reasonable to assume something similar would work for your your brain. Hmph. Interesting indeed. $749. https://www.haloneuro.com/get-halo-sport
    I look forward to reading more testimonials on this.