Thursday, March 3, 2011

As Above, So Below


~ Esoteric Truism

Of Note: Scientific American ran a short article this month on a new computer imaging technique that shows how brain cells communicate--one molecule at a time. This new rat-based model took four years to build at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. The 3-D reconstructed image shows not only the structure but also a single neurotransmitter dispatch and was pictured on a two-page spread. Rather than well constructed cells like we learned about in biology, neurons are long, misshapen and irregular structures made up of axons and dendrites. When these two meet, neurotransmitters are released in a cascade that spreads out in the wide spaces between cells. Seeing this picture reminded me that ageless wisdom teaches we are cells in the Mind of God at some level. As scientists delve more deeply into brain structure and begin to actually see how the cells look, we might be surprised at how similar the picture is to photographs of our universe. It might also give us insight into how irregular our universe might be at scales larger than we can imagine.

Today's Weather Report: It was cold again this morning but warmed up to a balmy 25 degrees Fahrenheit today. What a gloomy day, though. I was sure it was getting ready to snow but it never did. The snow would have been welcome and given us something to look at besides gray on gray. The seed catalogs have started to arrive, though, and the colorful photos give us a welcome reprieve from looking at the expanse of white outside the window. March is always hard as we wait for the first hint of spring in April. Let me tell you, everyone is northern Wisconsin is ready for spring but this year particularly so.

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