Iterations in Neuroscience: Implications for Intelligent Design

Speaker: Categories: Oct 14, 2006


[1hr, 18min, 42sec / 1hr, 5min, 17sec]


As Forum-types it's rather easy to become fascinated by much of the current dialog among theologians, church administrators, and laity regarding church structure, fiscal responsibility, doctrinal debates, church history, and the church of the future. It's also easy to ponder the timing of topics and the focus for the adult Sabbath School lessons, perhaps wondering if an appropriate spectrum of views is being put forth. But, with all of the above demanding attention, other contemporary"happenings"may be unnoticed. Such is certainly true for the material to be shared on October 14.

The RiversidePress Enterprisehas noted in its September 16, 2006, edition the following:

Finding says emotions can affect thought--Researchers have found that there is a stronger connection between the heart and the brain than was previously thought.

And this is where the studies done by Dr. Linda Caviness come onto the scene. Please note the overview she has provided below:

"In a desperate attempt to understand the brain and thwart the effects of Niemann-Pick disease on her terminally-ill child, Linda Caviness gained insight foundational to later doctoral studies after her son's death. Researching to compare education-related neuroscience with educational counsels of Ellen G. White, Caviness discovered more than alignments and similarities between these two bodies of data. Additionally, a fractal-like pattern appeared to be replicated at all levels of brain/body anatomy and physiology.

Now, teaching neurological and biological psychology and educational philosophy to graduate and post graduate students, Dr. Caviness offers metaperspective that relates this pattern of design to theology, philosophy, economics, learning theory, interpersonal relationships, and other aspects of everyday life. When understood, this triad construct confirms the need for holistic integrity-in all aspects of life, as well as an appreciation for the vital role of disequilibration.

In addition to the fractal consideration, this session offers new data surfacing in heart-brain research -- the topic of focus at the June, 2006 Heart-Brain Summit at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Because of her affiliation with Dr. Earl Bakkenn -- developer of the first wearable heart pacemaker and co-founder of Medtronics -- and others, Dr. Caviness reports on research and technological developments for stress management from an educational stance .."


Since 1999, Linda Bryant Caviness, Ph.D. has been a faculty member at La Sierra University in the School of Education. Though she interfaces heavily with teacher preparation at LSU, she also serves as co-director of the Liberal Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences, and is a teacher education program reviewer for the State of California. Her primary teaching responsibilities are in graduate education. In that area she teaches philosophy and education-related neuroscience coursework.

Currently, Dr. Caviness is developing aBrain, Heart and Educationconcentration under the influence of Dr. Kurt Fischer, who created a similar program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education., This focus includes an annual Summer Institute on Brain and Learning-a one-day session featuring themes of interest to educators, school psychologists, administrators, and other professional groups. Collaborating partners for this initiative include Claremont Graduate University, Loma Linda University, Sea Star School for Neuroeducation (serving children with traumatic brain injury), and other local entities.

Caviness is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Institute of HeartMath in Boulder Creek, California. This organization conducts research in neurophysiology and stress management. As co-principal investigator with Dr. Rollin McCraty, Caviness conducts a nationwide study aimed at comparing baseline heart rate variability patterns among students in grades K-5. And, at the request of a health care provider desiring a tool for health-risk assessment, Caviness and McCraty also are developing a psychometric survey instrument to measure psycho-social stress levels.

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