السلام عليكم Assalamualaikum & こんにちは Konnichiwa!
A most beautiful, bright and sunny morning it is! And as I’m sipping a strong cup of freshly brewed, hot coffee, allow me to share a bit on my most recent readings on neuro-entrepreneurship and what the Quran says about the heart-brain relationship.
For years, I’ve always been marveled and awed my the ‘mysteries’ of how successful entrepreneurs THINK. Much has been said about the cognitive abilities of successful entrepreneurs, and with the advancements of imaging technologies, social scientists like me are now able to work together with neuroscientists i.e. neurologists, neurophysicists etc in the labs to better understand what happens in real time in the entrepreneurs’ brain and how their thinking is processed.
Ever since, scores of researches have been shared to the public, with a number of them scientifically justifitying the notions of, among others, i) that entrepreneurs make decisions differently (and to a certain degree, rely on intuition, and ii) that opportunity recognition is processed differently in the brains of entrepreneurs as compared to non entrepreneurs.
I then stumbled across very captivating readings about the heart-brain concept, and how this scientific notion is apparent in the Quran. My mind was focused onto knowing more and throughout my humble readings, I became mesmerised. Never am I more excited to learn as much as I am now, and never did I realise that the connection between heart-brain-entrepreneurship is as exquisite as the role of building and sustaining civilisations whilst maintaining the wholesomeness feeling of wellbeing and the divine-ness of the Creator.
I learnt that a few years back, a small group of cardiovascular researchers joined a similar group of neurophysiologists to explore areas of mutual interest. This represented the beginning of the new discipline of neurocardiology (and now there is also neurotheology) which has since provided critically important insights into the nervous system within the heart and how the brain and heart communicate with each other via the nervous system.
After extensive research, one of the early pioneers in neurocardiology, Dr. J. Andrew Armour, introduced the concept of a functional heart-brain; in 1991. His work revealed that the heart has a complex intrinsic nervous system that is sufficiently sophisticated to qualify as a little brain in its own right.
The heart’s brain is an intricate network of several types of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells like those found in the brain. Its elaborate circuitry enables it to act independently of the cranial brain – to learn, remember, and even feel and sense.
I kept reading…and learnt that;
Neuroscientists have discovered that the heart has it’s own independent nervous system, a complex system referred to as the “brain in the heart”.
There are at least 40,000 neurons (nerve cells) in the heart, this can be as many neurons as are found in some parts of the brain. And this “brain in the heart” has the ability to relay information back to the brain creating a two-way communication system.
Physiologists further discovered that when the heart sends messages to the brain, the brain not only understands the messages but also obeys them.
And then I thoughtfully and quickly referred to the verses in the Quran (quite a number!) stating (among others) that;
“People who do not have diseases in their hearts…” (47:29, 2:10, 5:52, 8:49, …)
…”have hearts that do not understand (the Truth)(63:3, 6:25, 9:87).
Say: “Think ye, if Allah took away your hearing and your sight, and sealed up your hearts, who – a god other than Allah – could restore them to you?” See how We explain the signs by various (symbols); yet they turn aside. (Surah Al-An’am, 46).
And many more verses: click here: https://www.quranindex.net/kelime.php?id=8274
One of the most captivating findings in the scientific lab is that:
Our heart is so powerful (and we have never realised this!) that it can force our brain to OBEY its commands.
And I then taught : No wonder entrepreneurs are said to rely on ‘intuition’ and the ‘gut feeling’ when making decisions and taking risks. And they are said to be highly ‘passionate’ and ‘enjoy freely’ what they do and this has emerged as the main affective driving ‘forces’ of successful entrepreneurship.
Surely,… surely, this relates to the said heart-brain concept!
And I’ve never stopped reading since.
I’ll keep you posted, ofcourse! InshaAllah.