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SOTT FOCUS: MindMatters: Susannah Hays Interview: Polyvagal Theory, Gurdjieff and the Evolution of Man

In recent years researchers like Stephen Porges have brought a newfound understanding of the body’s all-important polyvagal system to greater and deeper awareness. The tenth cranial nerve, or vagus nerve, has a great impact on the health of major organs (including the brain), and even direct impact on a human being’s ‘higher’ functioning. Interestingly however, is the historic fact that the wandering nerve has also been the subject of research and speculation for hundreds of years, among the scientists of the West – as well as the mystics of the East. This week on MindMatters we discuss a new development in research that seeks to bring together these seemingly separate subjects with Susannah Hays, MFA PhD. In her doctoral thesis and subsequent paper ‘Nature as Discourse: Transdisciplinarity and Vagus Nerve Function,’ Dr. Hays lays out not only the historical precedent for polyvagal system research, but also what the great teacher and mystic Gurdjieff may have been seeking to do…