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Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers once phrased the question: “how can something immaterial like subjective experience and self-consciousness arise from a material brain?”
Chalmers and countless philosophers and scientists throughout the ages have battled with this question to end all questions, and still we don’t have a clear answer.
Today, philosophers and scientists are involved in rigorous research on consciousness and now, at the confluence quantum physics and neuroscience, a theory emerges of a mental field we each have, existing in another dimension and behaving in some ways like a black hole, reports Tara MacIsaac at Epoch Times.
What is the connection between the brain and the mind? Where is the mind located?
Dr. Dirk K.F. Meijer, a professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands published an article in the September 2017 edition of NeuroQuantology that reviews and expands upon the current theories of consciousness that arise from the meeting of neuroscience and quantum physics.
He writes: “Our brain is not a ‘stand alone’ information processing organ: it acts as a central part of our integral nervous system with recurrent information exchange with the entire organism and the cosmos. In this study, the brain is conceived to be embedded in a holographic structured field that interacts with resonant sensitive structures in the various cell types in our body.”
Essentially, Meijer hypothesizes that our consciousness exists in a field surrounding the brain. This field is in another dimension. It shares information with the brain through quantum entanglement, among other methods. And it has certain similarities with a black hole.
Information comes together and interacts in the brain more quickly than can be explained by our current understanding of neural transmissions in the brain. It thus seems the mind is more than just neurons firing in the brain, reports Macisaac.
Principles of quantum physics may explain how the mind processes information
Meijer believes that our consciousness could be sharing information with the brain through quantum entanglement.
Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon in which particles appear to be connected over vast distances. When actions are performed on one of the particles, corresponding changes are observed on the other simultaneously. This would allow for rapid processes like the fast exchange of information between consciousness and the brain — rapid processes which can’t be explained with classical physics.
In quantum mechanics electrons and photons exist in the form of waves, but can also behave like particles. In a manner of speaking, they are both waves and particles.
Similarly, says Meijer, the mental field is non-material and at the same time physically part of the brain: it is directly dependent on the brain physiology but not reducible to it. He goes into lengths on the non-materialistic aspect of our mental workings, writing: “The implicit suggestion of a non-material and extra-corporal mental workspace, that supervenes our neural system and provides the dominant part of self-consciousness (the big ”I”), that acts in addition to our daily experienced conscious state (called the small ”I”), is supported by earlier and also more recent observations in fNMR studies that long term memory is not correlated with scaled sizes of the brain.”
In other words, the size of the brain has nothing to do with how much information it can store.
Meijer also hypothesizes that the mind resides in a hidden 4th dimension (a spatial, not a time dimension), which cannot be observed in our 3D world, but can be mathematically derived.
“Such a supposedly compact 4th dimension could also explain the creation of dark matter in our 3-D world,” Meijer writes.
What does this mental field or mind look like?
Meijer hypothesizes that it could take the shape of a torus.
Basically the mind takes the shape of a doughnut – the dictionary definition of the specific shape requires a top-rate IQ to decipher.
There are distinct reasons to choose the multidimensional symmetrical aspects of the double vortex torus, a geometry that may mimic a combination of transversal, longitudinal and circular waves, writes Meijer.
Suffice it to say that these ideas are speculative, and very abstract. It may turn out that quantum physics, the torus and the mental field are all intimately related, and then again, it might be a while yet before we fully understand that relationship.
The western world is starting to wake up to what Buddhists have always known: that mindfulness and living in the moment are key components to living your best life.
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