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The Role of the Heart as an Auxiliary Memory

Human heart

Numerous scientific theories which are springing up always shows the functions of human brain for storing data. The memory unit in the brain stores encoded data in an unknown form. The structure or the form of the data in the memory unit is not yet explained. Some modern scientific theories suggest that high knowledge of quantum physics is needed to understand the form of encoded data in the memory unit whereas manipulating those data could be possible in the era of technological singularity. This, perhaps, will come with technological advancement of transhumanism which states that upgrading humans will be possible in the near future. Furthermore, scientists and futurists have predicted that high knowledge of quantum physics will give rise to the development of time machine, which will likely make time travel possible in the future.


Now, the controversial point for brain’s function of storing data has started in the past centuries when some educationists came up with some highlights theorizing that the heart stores data not the brain. Other declared that both the heart and the brain store data which most of the scientists do not believe all of the claims. The first idea claiming the heart to have stored data not the brain has come from some Islamic scholars back in the Islamic Golden Age. Perhaps, that could be the great reason why most scientists abandon the claim, and it could be due to its nature as nonscientific method.
Today, modern scientific evidences have come up with factual entities to clear all doubts in this controversial issue – the heart stores data. Experts suggest that both the brain and the heart store data, where the heart only helps the brain in storing large useful insights which the heart obstinately keep reminding, selecting and memorizing. For example, Gianna Absi explained:
“The theory of cellular memories states that memories, as well as personality traits, are not only stored in the brain but may also be stored in organs such as the heart. In 2009 Harvard Medical School defined cellular memories as “a sustained cellular response to a transient stimulus.” Basically, when a cell is introduced to a specific stimulus it will react in a certain way and every time it is given this stimulus it will have the same response. The best way to understand cellular memories is studying cases of organ transplants. One of the more famous cases includes a woman named Claire Sylvia. In the 70s this woman received a heart and lung transplant from an 18-year- old boy who died in a motorcycle accident. After her surgery Sylvia had cravings she never had before like beer and burgers. After some time, she contacted the family of her donor and was in shock that he enjoyed the same foods (She wrote a book on her experience! – link below).”
He added “Another extreme case was an 8-year-old girl who received a 10-year-old girl’s heart. After her operation she began to have nightmares of a man trying to kill her. Her dreams were so vivid that she went to a psychiatrist who actually believed they were real. It was found that the donor was murdered and the recipient who had the nightmares described the man in such detail that the police were able to find the killer and he was convicted of murder.”
“There are a few different theories on how cellular memories might work but there is no strong scientific evidence on the process of cellular memories. A lot of research is being done today not only with interaction of the brain and the bodies’ organs but also with quantum physics and how atoms interact. It is still a mystery today but it’s something interesting to keep in the back of your head… or heart.”


Well, a point worth understanding here is the function of the brain to serve as an auxiliary memory. It helps the main storage unit of the brain to store high priority insights. Even when one wishes to cram something, it would have been done only through the help of the heart – that means only if the heart give its cooperation.
Some scientists even declared that the brain functions in cramming, while the heart memorizes.

Mohiddeen Ahmad

I am Muhammad Auwal Ahmad (Mohiddeen), a technologist and a writer. I Specifically write on sciences and modern technology. Hit my about page to learn more about me.

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