A winner of Chopra’s Challenge!

Over on his Pictoral Theology website, reader Pliny the in Between made a cartoon that, I think, answers Chopra’s Million Dollar Challenge: explain consciousness as a result of brain activity.

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19 Comments

  1. Diogo
    Posted June 23, 2014 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Another interesting cartoon would be how the neurons behave when we hear that nonsense quackery coming from Chopra.

  2. GBJames
    Posted June 23, 2014 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Excellent.

    • Diane G.
      Posted June 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      + 1

  3. Posted June 23, 2014 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    The cascade might have been initiated by a molecule of the C2H5-OH ilk

    • Posted June 23, 2014 at 5:51 am | Permalink

      ah, high school chemistry ;)

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted June 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

        You waited until high school to learn how to make that particular molecule? (Or at least, to persuade certain microbes to make it for you.)

  4. Posted June 23, 2014 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    What did the hippocampus say during its retirement speech?
    ‘Thanks for the memories’.

    Why did the neurotransmitter cross the synaptic cleft?
    To get to the other side.

    What did the stimulus do to the axon after they were married?
    Carried it over the threshold.

    OK, I will stop now.

    • Linda Grilli Calhoun
      Posted June 23, 2014 at 5:56 am | Permalink

      I think that would be a wise idea. L

      • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
        Posted June 23, 2014 at 7:49 am | Permalink

        Stopping would be a no-brainer.

  5. Hempenstein
    Posted June 23, 2014 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    h/t to 5-HT

  6. Posted June 23, 2014 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    I’m reminded of the quip — sorry, don’t remember the source, but I’m sure somebody here will — that it’s our brains that tell us that our brains are our most important organs….

    b&

    • GBJames
      Posted June 23, 2014 at 8:01 am | Permalink

      It used to be that our brains told us our hearts were the most important organs. They we figured out what brains did.

  7. Posted June 23, 2014 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    The dimensions of Chopra’s Cave can be calibrated via a non-local electroencephalogram.

    • Posted June 23, 2014 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      Worng procedure.

      b&

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted June 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      Chopra’s cave? Is that like Plato’s cave, but without the interesting people watching the shadows, but just a vacuous emptiness.

  8. Robert Seidel
    Posted June 23, 2014 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Ok, now for all of us who suck at biochemistry: What are the names of these three molecules?

    • Pliny the in Between
      Posted June 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

      Robert – Top to bottom: Serotonin, Glutamate, and Dopamine.

      • Robert Seidel
        Posted June 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

        Thanks!

  9. KP
    Posted June 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    My Chopra quote generator quote of the day:

    “The secret of the universe depends on species specific belonging”

    Had to do another one, “Infinity is in the midst of subtle fulfillment”


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