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Neuroscience – ”Athene’s theory of everything”

Kirjoitettu 04.05.15
Esseen kirjoittaja: Sarianna Hietala
Kirjapisteet: 2
Kirja: Athenes theory of everything -dokumenttielokuva
Kirjan kirjoittaja: Bachir "Chiren" Boumaaza, a.k.a Athene
Kategoriat: 9.01. Oppiminen, 9.07. Innovointi, 9.08. Henkinen kasvu, 9.09. Elokuvat

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“The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.”

– Will Smith


There has been a lot of discussion in our Tiimiakatemia about writing and publishing essays in english. Especially people from foreign academies have requested to have a chance to read our – native academian’s – thoughts about Team Academy, entrepreneurship and life in general. So I decided that what the heck, I will accept this challenge, and maybe learn some new english words in the process! ;D The movie is in english so it’s easier to reflect it in the same language as I hear it. But beware, there is a lot of “foreign jårgon” on the way… Also the subject of neuroscience that I chose is nooot really the easiest subject in the world I could imagine. So don’t mind the possible typos either… 😀


“The human brain is a network of approximately one hundred billion neurons. Different experiences create different neural connections, which bring about different emotions. Depending on which neurons get stimulated, certain connections become stronger and more efficient, while others may become weaker. This is what is called neuroplasticity.”


Athenes theory of everything is a documentary movie, that dives deep into the theory of mind over matter by studying the neuron networks of the human brain. It basically boils down to what you repeat to yourself, you will master. Virtually any sort of talent or skill can be created through training. For example a person training to become a musician will create stronger neural connections that link the two hemispheres of the brain in order to become musically creative. Rational and emotional thinking also creates neural connections that can be strengthened. ”Whatever you are doing at any time, you are physically moldifying your brain to become better at it.”

I love the fact, that the movie is really made to the people who are watching it. The author of this document is hiding behind a nickname, and wants to stay out of the public eye. Also this movie is non-commercial, free to share and free to remix, so the people who made this really want nothing more but to share their theory to other people. But at every point, we must remember that theory is always just that, a theory. So always remember to take everything you hear or read with a grain of salt.


The power of visualization


”Creative visualization is a technique using your imagination to create and visualize scenarios in the mind’s eye.  By using visualization techniques, you create a mental picture of something and then focus on this image or scenario for periods of time. The main belief with creative visualization is that by changing ones thoughts and perceptions, you can change the outer world. Many of the successful, wealthy and influential people in the world believe that by visualizing specific behaviors or scenarios, you can change energy patterns to bring your goals and desires to you more quickly.”


What really happens here, is that you begin to change your focus to the things you want, and begin to see all the things around you that brings you closer to it. You actually do see it everyday all the time in your surrounding, but your brain just doesn’t register it because of the informaton overload.  So by focusing on the things you want to achieve it may seem that stuff just magically appears and that ”the outer world changes for you”, but really by beginning to change your focus and thinking you are also doing small subconscious steps towards it.


”When we experience an emotion or perform an action, specific neurons fire. But when we observe someone else performing this action or when we imagine it, many of the same neurons will fire again, as if we were performing the action ourselves.”




Social neuroscience

Mirror Neurons & Consciousness

”Specific neurons and neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine, trigger a defensive state when we feel that our thoughts have to be protected from the influence of others. If we are then confronted with differences in opinion, the chemicals that are released in the brain are the same ones that try to ensure our survival in dangerous situations. In this defensive state, the more primitive part of the brain interferes with rational thinking and the limbic system can knock out most of our working memory, physically causing “narrow-mindedness”. We see this in the politics of fear, in the strategy of poker players or simply when someone is stubborn in a discussion. No matter how valuable an idea is, the brain has trouble processing it when it is in such a state. On a neural level it reacts as if we’re being threatened, even if this threat comes from harmless opinions or facts that we may otherwise find helpful and could rationally agree with.”

This one is clearly seen in our team, and most certainly in every team or work environment there is. When you work with a bunch of people who all have differing opinions, backgrounds and values there is bound to be narrow-mindedness in the mix. This is something that only conscious interference can change. Either your own, or from your teammate.

The most emotional and hardest subjects our team has come across are those concerning differences in values. It has been on the surface lately and we’ve had some profound discussions of our team contract that’s way out of due. Since we haven’t had such rules and demands that really resonates within our team’s values, people’s commitment to the team has been a bit weak for some time now.


My opinion is that when people are discussing such heavy subjects, it is important to every single person in the team to observe oneself at all times, and to avoid getting too stuck in one’s own opinion. I’ve noticed this to be quite the challenge because for example I’m a person who was born with really strong and profound set of feelings by default. 😀 It’s been a real journey (and continues to be) to teach myself not to take feelings so seriously.

When we’re self aware, we can alter misplaced emotions because we control the thoughts that cause them. I’ve also learned that if you get the feeling that you just havehaveHAVE to say some opinion ” RIGHT NOW”, it’s actually best to wait a minute or two, to let the strong emotion behind it cool down, and to really ponder ”why do I feel such strong need to say this thing right now?” And also to think about the true scale of things: ”At the end of the day, is this really that important/serious/necessary/fillintheblank?”


In our team there has been this saying that ”it is the listeners responsibility how he/she hears or feels what the other one is saying.” (Yeah I know it sounds mad-stupid when I translate it straightly, but I hope you get the point :D) Anyhow, I don’t really underwrite this. Sure it’s a part of it, but I think that the bigger responsibility is for the speaker. What you say and most importantly how you say it. If you always blame it to the outside and never take responsibility from your sayings you will only get so far in life. If you really want to make a difference and have people listen to what you’re saying, then you’ve got to adjust your ”speech” to mach the listening audience. No matter if it’s one person or 1000 persons.


 ”Growth and its evolutionary side-effects, such as happiness and fulfilment, are stimulated when we are not being labeled in our interactions. We may have many different views and disagree with one another in practical terms, but interactions that nevertheless accept us for who we are, without judgment, are neuropsychological catalysts that wire the human brain to acknowledge others and accept rationally verified belief systems without dissonance.”





Athenes theory of everything is a movie that I’ve now watched three times in my life, and still I have a hard time understanding it’s message completely. At the very least when they started talking about the quantum physics, correlation of time and space and Einstein’s theory of relativity I was waaay out of the game. 😀 This document is a bitch to try and understand, but at the same time it gives a lot to think about.

I’ve read a lot of books about “how your thoughts create your reality” and “law of attraction” etc, but this was the first documentary I’ve seen, that ever explained these things from scientific point of view. Studying about using your mind to create the life you want is something that I propably never get bored. Also in general all this ”brainy stuff” somehow fascinates me and I want to learn all about it. I could literally study this stuff all day and night! 😀

In my life I’ve tested these theories in practice (in a small scale though), and the results have been astounding. I’ve noticed that actually the hardest part to it all is to simply trust yourself, trust the process and basically just “believe”. It’s almost something religious. With the one difference though, that this is actually something measurable. Besides, all the rich and successful authors in Nordic Business Forum talks about these things so they can’t all be wrong.. right? 😉



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