Down the Rabbit Hole, one eon deeper than before

20 Jan

YESTERDAY I POSTED SOME RESEARCH ABOUT VESTIGIAL AND NON-HUMAN SENSES. I HAVE A POETRY ASSIGNMENT FOR A CLASS THAT REQUIRES ME TO FULLY DESCRIBES THE ESSENCE OF AN OBJECT. I read many examples of such synesthesia modern poetry where an object’s essence sears the readers’ cellular membrane as if an invisible hand touched a memory engrams deep inside ones being, in a place and space unbound to time and experience, endowing awareness of human condition upon the consciousness of the reader, previously unconsciously known and unaware.My logic was that to best describe an object with a blending of the senses of its essence, I should know the possibilities of a greater endowed essence, a real entity I cannot perceive in my perception and sensory limited reality.

TODAY I APPROACHED A DIFFERENT QUESTION, founded in personal pleasure information search related to Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung’s ideas of archetypes and the collective unconscious. Where I ended up today is not a coincidence, and should not have surprised me, but here I am, in awe: the pineal gland revealed itself to me again, as I have studied the gland before in cognitive processes and other classes for my psychology major, but in looking it up again today in the context of a shifted mindset and a higher relevancy for spiritual interpretation, I FOUND THAT THE PINEAL GLAND IS A) vestigial in its entirety in humans as a third eye sensory organ, however, works today to see rhythm, a majestic synaesthesia experience of infinity; B) I am growth hormone deficient, a problem with far less consequences as an adult than if I had not been aided by an endocrinologist for a good part of my youth. My endocrine system is off-balance, and the pineal gland is a large part of the endocrine system.

In another earlier post, I speak about Einstein and his brain. Einstein’s brain possessed a unique structure and function in the neuroscience and cognitive processes in his brain and spent his life exacting and embodying that difference through theories of time and space ( from the seed of truth within he projected the truth to transcendent and was manic until he did). WHAT IF MY ‘unique’ PINEAL GLAND AND ENDOCRINE SYSTEM IS THE SOURCE OF MY KNOWING AND WILD DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE CHASE AND INSPIRATION TO CREATE AND ARTICULATE THROUGH ANY MEDIUM FOR EXPRESSION POSSIBLE, and while I magically hunt outside myself for truth the peace of mind and piece of mind is within me and trying to break through from knowing to awareness and express itself in my life?

The pineal gland (also called the pineal body, epiphysis cerebri, epiphysis or the “third eye”) is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. It produces melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep patterns and photoperiodic (seasonal) functions. It is shaped like a tiny pine cone (hence its name), and is located near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres, tucked in a groove where the two rounded thalamus bodies join.

Miscellaneous anatomy

Pinealocytes in many non-mammalian vertebrates have a strong resemblance to the photoreceptor cells of the eye. Some evolutionary biologists believe that the vertebrate pineal cells share a common evolutionary ancestor with retinal cells.[7]

In some vertebrates exposure to light can set off a chain reaction of enzymatic events within the pineal gland which regulate circadian rhythms.[8] Some early vertebrate fossil skulls have a pineal foramen (opening). This correlates with the physiology of the modern “living fossils”, the lamprey and the tuatara, and some other vertebrates which have a parietal organ or “third eye” which, in some of them, is photosensitive. The third eye represents evolution’s earlier approach to photoreception.[9] The structures of the third eye in the tuatara are homologous to the cornea, lens and retina, though the latter resembles that of an octopus rather than a vertebrate retina. The asymmetrical whole consists of the “eye” to the left and the pineal sac to the right. “In animals that have lost the parietal eye, including mammals, the pineal sac is retained and condensed into the form of the pineal gland.”[9]

Unlike much of the rest of the mammalian brain, the pineal gland is not isolated from the body by the blood-brain barrier system;[10] indeed it has profuse blood flow, second only to the kidney.[6]

Fossils seldom preserve soft anatomy. The brain of the Russian Melovatka bird, about 90 million years old, is an exception, and it shows a larger-than-expected parietal eye and pineal gland.[11]

In humans and other mammals, the light signals necessary to set circadian rhythms are sent from the eye through the retinohypothalamic system to the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) and the pineal.

unction

The pineal gland was originally believed to be a “vestigial remnant” of a larger organ. As early as 1917 it was known that extract of cow pineals lightened frog skin. Dermatology professor Aaron B. Lerner and colleagues at Yale University, in the hope that a substance from the pineal might be useful in treating skin diseases, isolated and named the hormone melatonin in 1958.[12] The substance did not prove to be helpful as intended, but its discovery helped solve several mysteries such as the fact that the removal of the rat’s pineal accelerated ovary growth, keeping rats in constant light decreased the weight of their pineals, and that both pinealectomy and constant light affect ovary growth to an equal extent, knowledge that gave a boost to the then new field of chronobiology.[13]

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