A Peacock's Tail of Theories
INFINITE SECRETS: Philosophical, Orthodox & Heterodox Theories 1
How We Know What We Know: Physics & Consciousness
Philosophical & Cultural Heresies: "Nothing Is Real and Nothing to Get Hung About"
INFINITE SECRETS by Iona Miller
"What we see is not nature, but nature exposed to our method of questioning." -W. Heisenberg
"It was not until the Twentieth Century and the atomic age that men were enabled to change the elements into one another. Such processes of metallic transmutation consist in changing the number of protons in the atomic nucleus of the basic elements. If iron is to be changed into gold, 53 protons must be added to its nucleus of 26 protons, if it is to be transformed into the element of gold which carries 79 protons in its nucleus." "As he became more familiar with alchemy as a psycho-physical unity, [Wolfgang] Pauli saw the same lumen naturae, the light of nature, or the "spirit in matter," glimpsed by Paracelsus and Jung. "Rather than seeking the ultimate level of nature in terms of elementary particles, Pauli believed that the material level is the manifestation of something deeper, an Unus Mundus that is also the domain of symmetry," where mind and matter, religion and science originate." --Meier, Jung/Pauli Letters
“…it must be pointed out that just as the human body shows a common anatomy over and above all racial differences, so, too, the human psyche possesses a common substratum transcending all differences in culture and consciousness. I have called thus substratum the collective unconscious. This unconscious psyche, common to all mankind, does not consist merely of contents capable of becoming conscious, but of latent predispositions towards identical reactions. The collective unconscious is simply the psychic expression of the identity of brain structure irrespective of all racial differences. This explains the analogy, sometimes even identity, between the various myth motifs and symbols, and the possibility of human communication in general. The various lines of psychic development start from one common stock whose roots reach back into the most distant past.” --CG Jung, “Commentary on ‘Secret of the Golden Flower’” CW 13 par. 11
"The collective unconscious - so far as we can say anything about it at all - appears to consist of mythological motifs or primordial images, for which reason the myths of all nations are its real exponents. In fact, the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious" --Jung, "Structure of the Psyche"
ENERGETIC CHANGE: THE CHAOTIC, THE ORDERLY, THE IMAGINAL & THE REAL:
". . . to look at myself without any formula -- can one do that? Otherwise you can't learn about yourself obviously. If I say, I am jealous, the very verbalization of that fact, or of that feeling, has already conditioned it. Right? Therefore I cannot see anything further in it. . . .Now the question is: can the mind be free of this egocentric activity? Right? That is really the question, not whether it is so or not. Which means can the mind stand alone, uninfluenced? Alone, being alone does not mean isolation. Sir, look: when one rejects completely all the absurdities of nationality, the absurdities of propaganda, of religious propaganda, rejects conclusions of any kind, actually, not theoretically, completely put aside, has understood very deeply the question of pleasure and fear, and division--the `me' and `not me'--is there any form of the self at all?"
J. Krishnamurti, Observing Without the "Me"
Brockwood Park, First Public Talk,
September 5, 1970
The Transmodern Alchemist, like his or her medieval or Renaissance counterpart, is rightly concerned with the true nature of reality. The great enigmas of our existence remain the riddle of matter, the origin of the universe, the origin of life, and the human mind or consciousness (including supramental activity). We are looking at them now as self-organizing, open systems. We are philosophers; we seek wisdom. We are in a romance with the Cosmos, the dark hunting ground of the Unknown.
Things Are Not What They Seem
There is no proof of an objective reality. We cannot prove that natural numbers exist. We cannot prove that electrons exist. We can only assume such things. All third person sharable "scientific knowledge" are refutable beliefs or theories. We cannot prove, in any scientifically reliable way, that there is a reality, whatever it is, Gods or Universes, that validate our own existence. We can know, here and now, that we are, here and now, conscious, or subjectively alive. But this remains "scientifically non-provable" in any consistent theory. Likewise, consciousness without life remains unprovable.
In 'scientific religion', conventional science 'believes in' methodology, causality, logical categories, etc. and constructs axioms to make the explanatory edifice work, including the dogmatic concepts of 'life' and 'matter.' The 'fact' that matter is totally objective, non-alive and non-experiencing before it 'becomes' living can be viewed as an act of faith. Physics doesn't recognize preferential 'organic' and 'inorganic' matter, except that relatively unstable elements maintain some stability in living systems.
All experiments have a framework of observation, especially in the lab space, but phenomena are not confined to that. The concept of a matter field defines not a field of mass/energy but a network of instances of potentiality kindled by the passage of information in interaction (observation) yielding values for mass, etc. Observations are always interactions at differentiable points. Science depends on measurable and quantifiable phenomena.
Vivid Metaphors & Tactile Images
Metaphors are necessary fictions that help us know what we know and what it's 'like'. They encode learning experiences. We describe our experiences, even to ourselves, as metaphors. They help us conceive experiences beyond our own.
Metaphors are the framework of discourse, helping us entertain new ideas. They aren't reality, but they help us come to terms with it. We inhabit a multiple metaphor environment. Metaphors can help us deliteralize science and mine its images for transformative power.
Disciplines study different aspects of the structure of reality. Physics deals with the two greatest extremes: nuclear physics at the sub-atomic particle level, and astrophysics at the cosmic and universal level, with quantum cosmology attempting to deal with both simultaneously. As we move through realms of study, we encounter chemistry, molecular biology, organic biology, psychology, economics, political science and sociology, ecology, climatology and geology, and finally astrophysics, moving beyond the scale of the planet earth. The social sciences occupy an intermediate scale.
But culture doesn't trump science, not even a theory of meaning or context. Some metaphors stun us with aesthetic arrest, stopping us in our tracks in reflection, with explicite linking. They bind together or connect experiences. Our sense of time is a metaphor. The arc of our life is a sustained metaphor of 'the journey,' 'the quest', the pervasive order and incongruities of our lived moments and lifetimes.
Much like the metaphor of 'exploration' guided the Elizabethan era, 'energy' is the overarching metaphor of the day, from high energy CERN experiments and dark energy, to the energy crisis, to the energy body of complementary medicine, to how much pep we have to get through our busy days. We are entranced with the potential that vacuum or zero-point energy could transform the world.
Energy powers our presence. Classically, it is the capacity to do work. It implies the future, embodying it as potential. Energy unified biology and physics, superceding metaphors of body, motion and value. We are tied to energy by our mass. It describes the process relationships among facets of being. We use metaphor to compare unlike things and to revision our perspectives and worldview of the vast existential field.
When human consciousness is the central issue, the universe directly informs our awareness and stereoeidetic being. Sometimes the universal laws of nature lead us beyond ordinary science. Subjects in isolation don't provide enough to accurately describe our complex world. We've had to cross disciplines, use more tools, invent better technologies, including the hypercortex of computers and AI. In theoretics we build up and tear down relentlessly, questioning our own underpinnings, adhering to no stale theory: "Solve et Coagula."
Out of Nothing
Since matter remains a paradox, our Work, comprehending the spirit of matter, means learning more than the Standard Theory of physics. Both orthodox and heterodox theories stimulate our imaginative and spiritual perception. Energy and information fields, not just genetics, drive human psychophysiology. Libido (psychic energy) drives the imagination. When we speak of Mercury, Sulpher and Salt, we mean our spiritual, energetic and physical bodies as well as the elements.
Each theory adds another piece to the puzzle of existence and meaning and might potentially lead to breakthrough on the bench or in consciousness. Such a brief, conceptual survey of alternate theories in physics cannot do them justice, but it can provide leads for further contemplation and research for the esoteric physics of lab work.
We study the nature of being and our own being, the essence of inner reality. Consciousness is a timeless transformative force unfolding in nature. Alchemy, art and physics are modes of inquiry. So are symbolic contemplation and interaction, transformation of the material and immaterial self.
Alchemy was perhaps the first systems theory approach to metaphysics as a science of the transformation of complex systems. Dynamic systems exist, they are ubiquitous. The cosmos, our psychophysical organisms and society are complex systems. Alchemy and physics study the basic principles of components, structures and relationships. Systems may be ordered or disordered, or temporarily regress to an earlier stage. Systems engage in dynamic interaction. Dynamic tension is a basic principle of change.
Transmodernity reflects a culture moving toward virtuality, philosophically and technologically. Not everyone fully inhabits the hypercultural present era. Naturally, alchemists will vary in desire and capacity to unravel such deep integral notions. However, putting forth the effort can only enlarge our worldview, deepening our process-oriented understanding of complex psychology and physics, particularly micro- and astrophysics.
There are as many approaches to alchemy as there are to physics, from hyper-classical to idiosyncratic. Whatever is happening contains emergent meaning and can be mined for that realization. Process is an unfolding, a flow. Amplifying our experiences can reveal their depth, purpose and significance.
Awareness of our energetic potential gives new meaning to our photonic being -- that we are truly made of Light and so is the entire manifestation. Light reconciles the opposites. The photon is its own antiparticle because it is electrically neutral.
The dynamic photonic field includes light in all its forms: radio waves, x-rays, microwaves, and all manifestations of the electric and magnetic fields. Some frequencies resonate with our biology. There seems to be a cosmic superconductor, a space-filling medium that is a primary reality with different properties than the classical ether. Wilczek calls this highly structured empty space the Grid.
Each of us is a miniature universe. Our aim, beyond regenerating and illuminative spagyrics, is psychological and spiritual transformation. The least nature can do is fill us with awe at Her majesty. We can change the chemistry of our own thought processes by feeding in facts and imaginative flight about the nature of reality and letting it cook within us. Therein lies the "art of transformation." Alchemy speeds up the dynamic process activating hidden energies trapped in matter -- secret fire.
This distillation of spirit and thought, alchemical wisdom can be applied to everything we do. Thus, we find our union of soul, spirit and our physical condition -- a soulful mind/matter connection. At least in our imaginations, we can take the quantum leap, visit parallel worlds, inhabit our energetic light bodies, ride on beams of photonic light, dive in The Abyss of a black hole, or realize our Zero Point. We walk a razor's edge so the source of life doesn't become a bringer of destruction to the literal children of the stars.
Through psychological alchemy, Jung probed the secrets of the soul. Through observing the threshold of matter, physicists probe the secrets of matter. The secret is matter does not exist beyond consciousness. Still unknown principles fuse us with the cosmos. The Elixir of Eternal Life is seizing the noble fruit, deep awareness, in each and every moment, extracting the gold of its quintessence.
In the alchemical process, we touch the unseen forces of nature, Universal energies that interpenetrate us, utterly. More than a change in perspective, we begin living in the One World, the Unus Mundus. There are deeper non-personal realms common to humankind. Beyond individuation, the healing of psyche and soma, this is part of the collective transformation of our global culture toward sacred living.
Our challenge is to leave our world better than we found it by tapping our creativity and deepening our spirituality. Dualism is always there, ditto the hazard of literalisms, but the created meaning may be the only glue that holds them and us together in the One World. It DOES "matter," because, well -- here we ARE!
"Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing." --Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)
"At any given moment, life is completely senseless. But viewed over a period, it seems to reveal itself as an organism existing in time, having a purpose, trending in a certain direction." --Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
"The concept of the vacuum in quantum field theory is a subtle one. Vacuum states have a rich and complex set of properties that produce distinctive, though usually exceedingly small, physical effects. Quantum vacuum noise is familiar in optical and electronic devices, but in this paper I wish to consider extending the discussion to systems in which gravitation, or large accelerations, are important. This leads to the prediction of vacuum friction: The quantum vacuum can act in a manner reminiscent of a viscous fluid. One result is that rapidly changing gravitational fields can create particles from the vacuum, and in turn the backreaction on the gravitational dynamics operates like a damping force. I consider such effects in early universe cosmology and the theory of quantum black holes, including the possibility that the large-scale structure of the universe might be produced by quantum vacuum noise in an early inflationary phase. I also discuss the curious phenomenon that an observer who accelerates through a quantum vacuum perceives a bath of thermal radiation closely analogous to Hawking radiation from black holes, even though an inertial observer registers no particles. The effects predicted raise very deep and unresolved issues about the nature of quantum particles, the role of the observer, and the relationship between the quantum vacuum and the concepts of information and entropy." --P. Davies, ©2001 American Institute of Physics.
REALITY AS SELF-ORGANIZING INFORMATION
Sometimes A Great Notion
“The key idea, the central core of all the quantum paradoxes, is that possibilities-universes conspire. It’s a quantum conspiracy.”--Fred Alan Wolf, Parallel Universes
Hermetic philosophers used an axiom attributed to Hermes Trismegistus as the basis of their metaphysical worldview. “As Above; So Below,” implied that what is true of the most exalted or superior realms of nature is also true of the most finite. They also believed in finer planes of consciousness: a plenum filled with hierarchies of supernatural beings, some far removed, and others close at hand.
They spoke of a branching Tree of Life filled with primordial dynamics, and a spiritual field with four levels of force that permeates all. In their vision the universe of energy and matter emanated from the primordial state, impenetrable veils of negative existence, becoming progressively denser. They attributed existence to resonance and the transformations of Light and Sound. They recognized four primary elements, which we can correlate with the four fundamental forces: strong force, weak force, gravity, and electromagnetism.
Even though superstition filled gaps in knowledge about the nature of these other worlds, in essence they are surprisingly close. Only in the last century has science been able to affirm these ancient intuitions. As man looked inside himself, he saw the basic essence of reality and struggled to describe it in common terms. Even in science, there is always a gap between reality and the descriptions of it.
We are psychophysical beings. We keep trying to crack our code, to read the blueprints on the creation of the universe and on life, which is just as mysterious. Research has led away from mechanistic clockwork models of the universe toward more organic models based in dynamics, process, holism, acknowledgement of chaos in self-organization, and a closer tie between physics and the life sciences. Some of these theories are orthodox, agreeing with the Standard Model of Quantum Mechanics (particle physics), while others are heterodox, relying on the internal coherence of each discrete model.
New research comes to light each day. We can understand their basic concepts even if we cannot read their mathematical proofs. Energy is mass in volatile form. This revolution in the nature of reality has been expressed in many theories, each of which looks at the problem from a different angle with potential solutions. They have led to widespread theories of quantum mind, quantum bioholography, resonance, entanglement, intentionality, and even theories of paranormal phenomena. We must be careful not to eclectically fuse appealing aspects of incompatible theories.
Each theory helps us understand another facet of our diamond being rooted in the groundstate of absolute space. We can find many differences and similarities among theories. Some agree with Einstein's spacetime, relativity and gravity theories, while others do not and begin from different assumptions. In quantum cosmology, the universe appears from quantum fuzz, tunneling into existence and then evolving classically. Some theories are compatible but many are not. For a table of comparative properties in orthodox theories, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpretation_of_quantum_mechanics
While each theory solves some problems, they all raise new issues. All of them relate to the true nature of our personal psychophysical organisms. Incompatible theories each claim to be a unified theory, but that is logically absurd. It is possible to derive a holographic universe in either string theory or scalar theory though the later are incompatible. There are differences over the meaning of the Cosmological Constant. What some theories call superspace other theories call subspace. If the 2nd Law of thermodynamics is immutable, then why do some call it the "Second Lie of thermodynamics"?
Space may be continuous or quantized; time can distort or reverse; only some models require an observer; not all demand collapse of the wave function. Some imply larger cycles of creation and destruction of universes, Big Bang singularities, while others insist there was no Big Bang. Description of the smallest subquantal operational units varies widely, from scalars to twistors to quark-gluon plasmas and more. There are theories that require dark matter and dark energy, and others where it is irrelevant or superfluous. The structure of the multiverse is determined by information flow, according to Deutsch.
There is not just one theory of parallel universes, but a variety of them ranging from bubble universes, accelerating universes, expanding universes to branching universes. We are confronted with self-reproducing universes, mini-universes, chaotic universes, alternative universes, quantum universes. The fabric of our universe is flat, as shown by the acceleration of space. Different theories account for different assumptions and observations, make different predictions, and lead to different conceptual and mathematical models.
We have many approximate theories of everything. Some rely on arcane geometries, others not at all. Some tweak the theory of electrodynamics. Some say everything is made of stabilized mini-black holes that make up the fabric of the universe. Some consider information as primal, while others highlight virtual photons. Fractals of electromagnetism interconnect everything. Is the universe self-generating?
Some theories are static models, others are based in dynamics, complexity and process, while others envision the universe as a superconducting fluid. Some describe harmonic-oscillators, others mathematical entities. They deal differently with infinities. Some hark back to aether theories while others shun it. Add notions of spin, symmetry, gravity and consciousness into the mix and we begin to understand the lack of consensus about the primal nature of reality and experience. They can't all be right, but they may not all be wrong.
Some rely on Nothing at All...
The Reality Show
In his book, The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade states, "The creation of the world becomes the archetype of every human gesture, whatever its plane of reference may be. Every construction or fabrication has the cosmogony as paradigmatic model."
Because there is no consensus among physicists, there are many theories of reality. Each theory is argued from its own hypotheses and must be considered a coherent whole to be worthy of consideration, though all are works in progress. They arise from the gaps in conventional theory and also from the strong internal drives of archetypal ideas, many of which were expressed in alchemy.
Paradigms, in science, are thought-models. They direct their holders to pose only certain questions; to utilize only certain methods of (re)search for answers. The specific paradigmatic lenses we choose to form our conceptualization of reality actually function to shape that reality, which we hope to capture and understand. By emphasizing specific relationships, or states of consciousness, these viewpoints condition the nature of the "reality" we experience.
In Ego at the Threhold, Edward Sampson elaborates on this concept:
"The holder of this paradigm can create the very reality that his paradigm leads him to expect, albeit without conscious intent on his part or on the part of those persons with whom he interacts...Insofar as existing paradigms stress the routinized and mechanical side of life, the liberating alternative lies fallow. A model for human freedom, then, is a prime requisite to its realization."
We can view all theories with our alchemical eye to determine if and how they conform with ancient alchemical theories and intuitions. Naturally, this is speculative, but then so is much of theoretical physics. When theory is based in mathematics, it may describe real or imaginary universes (Hilbert space). Theories that grow from observation and experiment tend to reflect the physical world. Predictions and experiments can make or break a theory.
When scientists make their thought-experiments, they enter the same mental realm as mystics and philosophers. These mental journies allow us to roam the universe from the micro- to macro- domains. Some of these subtle perceptions reflect our lived reality. Theories and models function as consciousness "maps" allowing us to familiarize ourselves with the territory. We enter certain theoretical universes at will and explore them from within.
For example, Einstein was imaginally riding a beam of light when he discovered relativity theory. Einstein struggled with the problem of time dilation and nearly abandoned the problem. Then, one night after incubating the problem for months, he awoke with the answer that not even space was absolute. He concluded that the only absolute of nature was the speed of light. Because things shrink in the direction of motion relative to a fixed observer at high speed, you get the strange result that objects shrink to nothing!
Space bends and twists. The geometry of space is non-Euclidean. Relativity paints a picture of the space/time continuum that is counter-intuitive and cannot be imagined by normal human senses, which are based on three-dimensional perception. Four-dimensional space is also known as hyper-space, or 4-space. In terms of normal experience, it appears to us as nonspace.
Wormholes in space were discovered by Einstein, Rosen, Wheeler, and Misner. Wheeler found that they pulsed over time. Their link to reality was found in black holes, or rips in the fabric of the space/time continuum. Eddington showed that stars are gaseous throughout, and are stable because they are balanced between enormous gravitational pull and an outward gas pressure. When they collapse electrons are squeezed together almost maximally close.
Black holes are different from other collapsed stars like neutron stars and white dwarfs. They are basically empty space. All of the matter of a black hole is at the center in the form of a singularity with infinite density and zero dimensions. It is a spinning gateway to another reality.
Professor John Archibald Wheeler, in Geometrodynamics, states that mass is an illusion of pure curvature. He further states that charge is an illusion, an illusion of chargeless electric lines trapped in the multiply-connected topology of three-dimensional space. In this model, an elementary particle is conceived of as a mini-black hole.
A black hole model uses the torus structure for the collapse of light in an extreme field of gravitation. Space-time collapses to a singularity inside the event horizon. The boundary between the mini-black hole, where the light-cone cannot reach infinity, and light-cones which can reach infinity is called an 'event horizon.' The light cone is a vector in the collapsing geometry of space-time.
The curvature of space is found to be infinite at the singularity. This yields a breakdown in the idea of space and time, going to a paradigm of pregeometry. A singularity hidden by an event horizon is called a mini-black hole. There is no real mass involved. Real mass is only an illusion of the statistical level of large numbers of these mini-black holes. Penrose's twistor is a mathematical description of Wheeler's mini-black hole.
The universe can be seen as a cosmic computer in the pregeometric level of information. Space and time appear as secondary statistical constructs. The pregeometry can be identified with the collective consciousness, of which we are largely unconscious except in enlightenment states.
Wormholes not associated with black holes are described as potentially passable, but only if a special "balm" is applied to the sides of the wormhole. Scientists called this balm "exotic matter." This sounds very much like an alchemical fantasy, but it didn't remain one for long.
"The details of making the wormhole into a time tunnel have now been worked out. All you need to do is move one end of the wormhole at high speed (close to the speed of light) or place it in a strong gravitational field. Either will do the trick. Once this is done, you could go in one end and come out the other at an earlier time. Or you could go in the other end, go through it in the opposite direction, and come out in the future."
This is easily accomplished as a thought-experiment, but presents problems for the physical body. But it does open speculation on what vehicles of consciousness could actually make such a journey unscathed. As our medical and technological sciences progress, who knows what mysterious forms humans might come to inhabit which could make these journeys possible?
As for the mystics, they have already tackled the problem. The Body of Light (Diamond Body) is a vehicle of consciousness appropriate for such travel. Light is an electromagnetic wave. We can speculate on identifying with a quantum of light as a vehicle for our consciousness, and imagine escaping the constraints of 3-space. In the world of relativity, light has the greatest degree of freedom. Mystics admonish us to detach and dis-identify from our bodies, emotions, thoughts, and ego. They say that time, space, and the separate identity are illusions--only a virtual reality, not absolute Truth. Our day-to-day reality is a relative one.
The process of detaching is what mystics mean when they suggest we "die daily." They encourage a process of "spiritual body building". If we imagine this body smaller and smaller, we enter the sub-atomic realm of quantum theory. We are no longer subject to to the classical laws of physics and biology. We have a model for making quantum leaps--at least with the mind. This action takes place in the "virtual space" of Universal Mind.
Stephen Hawking discovered that in virtual pair production, pairs composed of a particle and antiparticle are spontaneously produced out of the vacuum. They pop into existence, then come back together almost immediately and annihilate one another. The process is allowed because of a basic principles in quantum theory, called the uncertainty principle. This principle tells us that there is a "fuzziness" associated with nature at the atomic level. The process is concealed within this fuzziness.
These thought-experiments are virtual experiences in mental/imaginal reality, and are pre-conditioned by archetypal notions. They can have real consequences in real time. Previously enfolded information about the nature of reality emerges. Many scientific discoveries have come from dreams. They are equally revealing whether we consider their psychic or material aspects.
Metaphysics, Philosophy or Physics?
Alchemy is a specific philosophical style of thinking about psyche and matter and a unique way of perceiving and interpreting the world. Perhaps some phenomena are better grasped from a subjective point of view. Philosophy of science is concerned with our assumptions, foundations and implications of relying on scientific method. It describes metaphysical, epistemological, and semantic aspects of science.
Areas that relate to alchemical thought include at least the philosophies of physics, biology, mathematics, chemistry, medicine and psychology. In alchemy, they are fused in a transdisciplinary approach. Reasoning, analysis, coherence and reductionism define objectivity. Realism compared with theory-dependent observations, instrumentalism, and the nature of scientific concepts and statements are issues.
Philosophy of physics studies matter and energy and how they interact. The main questions concern the nature of space and time, atoms and atomism. Other issues include the predictions of cosmology, the results of the interpretation of quantum mechanics, the foundations of statistical mechanics, causality, determinism, and the nature of physical laws.
Classically, most of these questions were studied as part of metaphysics, including causality, determinism, and space and time. Philosophy of biology deals with epistemological, metaphysical, genetic engineering and ethical issues in the biological and biomedical sciences. Other key ideas such as the reductionof all life processes to biochemical reactions as well as the incorporation of psychology into a broader neuroscience are also addressed.
A common sense question is "How do we know what we know and what is it like?" Psychological answers to this question lead to felt-sense of psychophysical perceptions described as subjective epistemological metaphors: "It's like a rock on my chest," "a stab in the back," "an effervescence," etc. It can be located in the whole or a part of the body/mind.
Thomas Nagel has emerged as a highly regarded Rationalist philosopher for his "what is it like?" approach to phenomenological experience. His philosophy of mind contends physics cannot describe our consciousness and subjective experience. He is a supporter of the real objectivity of science but values subjectivity when it comes to the human mind. Yes, the world exists independently of us, but the objective viewpoint is fundamentally unable to help us fully understand ourselves. He warns us against falsely-objectifying ourselves.
While it is importantly true the world exists independent of us, the rise of modern science has permanently changed how we think of the world and our place in it. A modern scientific understanding is one way of thinking about the world and our place in it that is more objective than the common sense view it replaces. Still, it reflects our style of thinking, the mathematicised understanding of the world represented by modern physics. Based in rationalthinking, it does not involve the specific nature of our perceptual sensibility.
Using only the scientific method on the mind leaves out something essential: what is it to be a thinker who conceives of the world from a particular perspective? e learn and use mental concepts by being directly acquainted with our own minds. So, being a thinker is to have a subjective perspective on the world. Abstracting away from this perspective leaves out what you sought to explain. Having a concept of a mental state requires being directly, experientially acquainted with it.Though physical states correlate with mental states, there is always an explanatory gap between an identification of a state in mental and physical terms. Nagel is not a physicalist. Currently, our mental concepts of human physical mechanisms are not as scientific as chemistry, for example. But he envisions scientific breakthroughs in identifying an underlying essence that is neither physical, nor functional, nor mental, but includes all three of these ways the mind "appears" to us.
Lack of consensus is even more prevalent in consciousness studies than in physics and philosophy. It relates to our alchemical quest because in alchemy, consciousness is an inherent quality of matter. Models of consciousness, from Panpsychism, to Orchestrated OR, to neural nets are even more numerous than models of physical reality. [See Journal of Consciousness Studies, JCS] Almost every writer on the subject has their own pet theory. Ultimately, matter and consciousness are categories of mind.
Stuart Hameroff is a major proponent of ORCH OR, based on Penrose's Objective Reduction. "Orch OR is a proposed form of quantum computation occurring in microtubules within brain neurons. Specifically, quantum computation relevant to consciousness occurs in microtubules in brain neuronal dendrites linked by gap junctions.
"The gap junction connections allow extension of quantum state zones between neurons and glia, as well as synchronization in the gamma synchrony range of the EEG, roughly 40 Hz. Gap junction openings and closings provide mobile spatiotemporal envelopes moving through the brain - the conscious pilot. In the absence of the pilot and gap junction connections (preventing extension of quantum states) the processing in the manifold (the neuronal/glial networks comprising the brain) are non-conscious auto-pilot functions.
"But the question here is the quantum computation itself which is proposed to terminate - halt - by Penrose objective reduction OR. At the moment of OR, non-algorithmic non-computability is introduced. Prior to OR, i.e. during the quantum computation, the process is algorithmic (according to the Schrodinger equation) and has time steps, i.e. is composed of discrete steps allowing algorithmic processing.
"The time steps are of at least two embedded scales. At the slow end, long time scale are the gamma oscillations of 25 msec (40 Hz) or longer theta, alpha, beta waves etc. At the fast scale are collective Frohlich-like coherent excitations, recently verified in microtubules at 8 megahertz by Pokorny (2004). So one could say that each gamma-synchronized 40 Hz moment of consciousness (Whitehead occasion of experience) is composed of (40/8 x 10^-6) 5 million algorithmic steps characterized as Frohlich excitations.
"In some cases there could be direction from the cerebellum just as in some cases there is a spotlight effect from the thalamus. But I dont think either thalamus or cerebellum are necessary nor sufficient for consciousness. Reticulo-thalamic arousal, for example, may be non-conscious (or conscious). At some times, consciousness is internally-generate d, like daydreaming, conscious memory, meditation etc. Buddhist meditators subjectively describe moments of consciousness in the gamma synchrony range, and the Lutz et al study showed high amplitude, high frequency and highly coherent gamma synchrony in meditating monks. (Stuart Hameroff, JCS 6-5-09, www.quantumconsciousness.org) Pokorny J (2004) Excitations of vibrations in microtubules in living cells. Bioelectrochemistry 63:321-326."
Physics and metaphysics agree, we are beings of light -- frozen and dynamic light. Light plays a significant role in the development of human consciousness and physical well being. Those with Near Death Experiences (NDE) report that individual consciousness itself manifests as some form of “light being” when separated from the physical body. Photons, the atomic makeup of light, are capable of bearing information across enormous distances while keeping both the order and the quantity of the information packaged on the light photons precisely as they originated. We can
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Psyche & Substance: The Sacred Beyond Religion
1. Man's concept of the world of nature needs expansion to take account of psychic and psychedelic events. The "collective preconscious" is the most single helpful construct to explain these phenomena.8. Consciousness has an irresistible tendency to form; for every level of consciousness, therefore, there is a vehicle, of which the physical body is but one example.
2. Developmental process holds the key in understanding man's progression through a series of developmental stages, in which creativity, psychedelia, and illumination are the (heretofore unrecognized) cognitive aspects of the last three stages.
3. Man is essentially a developing spirit, not a physical body. Consciousness, of which his is a part, can survive death, and can be involved in further life.
4. The essence of altered states of consciousness is the union of the conscious ego and the collective preconscious. The continuum goes from loss of control in schizophrenia and trance to full cognitive control in advanced psychedelic states. Tests purporting to measure creativity, psychedelic or illumination (all aspects of self-actualization) in reality measure this development.
5. Developmental dysplasia, creating personal problems and social ills, is widespread; improved educational methods may prevent it.
6. Developmental forcing, or the artificial introduction of an individual into a stage higher than he can function effectively in, may create trauma, as contrasted with developmental escalation, which results in healthy progress.
7. Self-actualization is a potential in every man, although he is generally unaware of its motivating force; it is also a potential with enormous benefits toward personal and social growth.
9. Consciousness tends to be manifested in different forms or states. Some of these altered states of consciousness, such as sleep, seem required for rest and relaxation.
10. The sequence of conscious states is toward higher integration, not towards lower dissociation, toward increased control of the environment, rather than less, and toward more and grander perceptions of beneficence rather than the opposite.
11. The successive levels of consciousness constitute both a developmental and an evolutionary process.
12. The Van Rhijn-Sullivanian hypothesis, that:
a) prototaxic experiences are reflected on the body or environment,
b) parataxic experiences are expressed through archetype, dream, myth, ritual and art, and that
c) syntaxic experiences are fully cognized symbolically, appears to be an extremely useful construct. In particular, the name of the continuum thus illustrated is dissociation-association. (John Curtis Gowan)
"Consciousness: refers to a living being's awareness of its sensations, feelings, thoughts, and the world around it. Specifically, consciousness involves an anenergy communication channel where detections of the body-object (which may be regarded as a sort of special camera, instrument, or physical tuner) project into the mind as separations from the beingness of the subject. Further, it refers to the intersecting stream of monocular, one-at-a-time virtual projections into the mind from the quantum changes of photon interactions upon the body sensors. By memory (collection in the mind) of streams of such monocular changes one after the other, the entity is conscious of its body-object (camera-tuner) monocularly "moving through time." In the absence of deeper understanding, the individual consciously sees itself as a separated physical object moving and changing in time, i.e., with respect to other separated physical objects that it perceives. The "externality" of certain changes (i.e., the physical world) is due to the lack of mental control or influence over them. "Internality" of certain other changes is due to the ability to mentally control or influence them. The ordinary conscious mind is a serial processor: only one thing at a time is discriminated in its awareness. The unconscious mind, on the other hand, is totally conscious - but multiply so, since it is a parallel processor of many discriminations at once. The conscious mind, then, cannot directly perceive the individual discriminations of the parallel processor, since these appear only as a blur or nothingness to it (much like looking at a hundred 35mm slides in the projector at the same time). This is the mechanism of the barrier between the conscious an unconscious minds. Projections from the unconscious onto the screen of the conscious mind will thus appear symbolical - that is, having many hidden meanings at once. This is why our dreams, for example, appear to our conscious minds as weird and distorted, but highly symbolic in nature."--Tom Bearden
“It becomes apparent that if certain facts about our common experience of perception, or what we might call the inside world, can be revealed by an extended study of what we call, in contrast, the outside world, then an equally extended study of this inside world will reveal, in turn, the facts first met with in the world outside: for what we approach, in either case, from one side or the other, is the common boundary between them” p xxv Spencer-Brown. G., (1972) “Laws of Form” EP Dutton
Consciousness, Awareness & Eidetic Perception
Intuition and insight are forms of creativity. We have our self experience, and sometimes nondual egoless experiences such as those spoken of in eastern philosophies. Words may help us understand something. Experience allows us to know. We can probe the nature of existence by going within our own minds, beyond their contents to the root of being.
Nevertheless, we have to be alert for self-deception, pseudo-interpretations, misattributions and lack of critical thinking. Most people have lost the capacity to be painters, poets or musicians, remaining without the option of seeing and hearing directly. Recovery of this ability is "awareness," such as that practiced in mindfulness meditation and other procedures for dropping interpretive glosses. We redirect the mind back to the here and now.
Alchemy seeks the hidden essence. In Greek, eideo means “to see” and what is seen is an eidos (Platonic Form), the common characteristic of a number of entities or regularities in experience. Seen by the eye of the soul, it is identical with essence. Husserl also called this act “ideation,” for ideo is synonymous with eideo and also means “to see” in Greek. Idea is identical to eidos.
Eidetic reduction is the stage subsequent to transcendental or phenomemological reduction. Transcendental reduction lifts us to the transcendental realm, and turns empirical consciousness to transcendental or pure consciousness. The reductive act of transcendental consciousness penetrates to essence. It is a procedure for acquiring insight into essence, placing us in cognitive contact with general or universal knowledge.
Insight into an essence is called eidetic perception. Physiologically awareness is eidetic perception, and allied to eidetic imagery, the intuited knowledge of holistic connectivity that unites the mind and infinite Being. Perhaps there is also eidetic perception, in certain individuals, in taste, smell and kinesthesia. Many artists share the eternal problem of finding audiences capable of appreciating their creations.
Awareness requires living in the here and now, and not in the elsewhere, the past or the future. The aware person is alive because he or she knows how he feels, where he is and when it is. Emergent intuition, the subjective equivalent of a wormhole in consciousness, short-cicrcuits habituated linear thought. Intuition is often preceded by frustration, failure, depression or blind alleys in one's work (nigredo). Ideal intuitions are self-evident truths or principles but they don't relate to the world, but to our idealization.
Artists, musicians and other performers often describe their dynamic expression as intuitive. So do mathematicians and physicists who use emergent intuition to solve nonlinear equations or the bizarre realm of quantum mechanics and other problems with models or approximations. Such illumination mirrors the ecstasies of mystic discovery and revelation. We perceive the universal through pre-verbal direct access - eidetic intuition, without the intellectual mediation of a manipulated symbol system, and without the benefits of inference, observation, experience, or reason. This expression or intuition is an immediate feeling, not the result of sensory data, calculation or the processing and manipulation of phenomenal perception.
Through this essential intuition, we grasp the possibility, impossibility, necessity and contingency among concepts and formal categories. Categorial intuition, along with categorial abstraction and eidetic intuition, are the basis for logical and mathematical knowledge. Creativity, insight and intuition are necessary for survival in an ever changing environment. They induce shock and destabilization, cascades of change that move us from one stable equilibrium into coping with new challenges and experiences.
Biosystems are conscious holograms. Each of us is a nested hierarchy of field bodies - wavefronts in space. Modulations of Sound and Light waves at various scales are fundamental in the creation of our integral 3-D forms. There is a relationship between resonance and cymatics (optical and acoustic holography), eidetic imagery, and the living tissue matrix with its liquid crystal semi-conductors. Holography is an advanced application of cymatics, the conversion of energy from the invisible electromagnetic domain to physical form.
How do we organize our phenomenal perception of the world? How do we distinguish our memory images and real perception? Eidetic imagery is like photographic memory, an accessible multisensory copy of an original sensory experience. People capable of eidetic memory can recall vivid images in the mind's eye, and examine these images like a photograph.Eidetic Imagery also allows recall of complex images formed by inner experience and memory (Ahsen).
Whether it is a myth or reality, eidetic imagery is the ability to recall accurate detailed images, sounds or objects in memory with virtually total recall to be distinguished from capable information processing and retention. The eidetic image is seen in perfect detail as if on a blank canvas. Artists like Monet and Mozart may have been eidetic, but art enhances abilities by focusing awareness for large periods of time on enhancing those abilities. It is an inherent skill we can all develop further for art, therapeutics and enhancing awareness.
'Sporadic' eidetic imagery does help us integrate and re-experience life events with all of their basic elements intact. The primary image, which has external and internal components, helps us process what happens to us, attribute a narrative and meaning to the imagery, and store it in long-term memory that way for future access. How we prioritize, choose to remember and interpret our experiences characterizes how we recall them. The multisensory image is a fundamental anchor for a symphony of psychophysical processes, since most people are primarily visual.
Eidetic imagery is accurate and vivid. It often is perceived as happenING, rather than as a past event. Eidetic imagery relates to memory and trauma and is part of the toxic cycle in PTSD, for example. It becomes EMBODIED in our whole organism. The eidetic image is a direct link to brain modulating chemicals influencing emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Powerful imagery replays automatically like a movie strip of film and can retraumatize us. Brain ventricles filled with fluids, the "Great Lakes" of the psyche, may act as holographic 'projection screens' for eidetic imagery.Clinical interventions can be done in any part of the cycle to interrupt the mindbody loop, but to heal the body stress must be released from the whole organism so it can reintegrate disturbed functions.
We contend we can also create vivid imagery capable of influencing others at a distance. Likewise sound and resonance phenomena can effect healing at a greater or lesser distance. Visual information can be encoded or decoded as or from sound. The body is an embedded series of crystal oscillators - vibrations, oscillations, pulses, wave motions, pendulum motions, rhythmic courses of events, serial sequences, and their effects and actions.
The fundamental and generative power is in the vibration which, with its periodicity, sustains phenomena with its two poles. One pole is form, the figurative pattern. The other is motion, the dynamic process. These three fields - vibration and periodicity as the ground field, and form and motion as the two poles - constitute an indivisible whole. There is a similarity between cymatic pictures and quantum particles. In both cases that which appears to be a solid form is also a wave. They are both created and simultaneously organized by the principle of PULSE.
In an attempt to explain the unity in this dualism between wave and form, physics developed the quantum field theory, in which the quantum field, or the vibration, is understood as the one true reality. The particle or form, and the wave or motion, are only two polar manifestations of the one reality, vibration.
The Riddle of Consciousness
We are all primarily interested in human consciousness. We search for a rational framework that is compatible with natural science. The current problem is that conventional neurobiology and experience do not match up. Perhaps, there is only one way to learn what consciousness is -- by changing the focus of our own awareness and using our consciousness in as many ways as possible. In other words, by making experiments on ourselves.
In The Logic of Scientific Discovery Karl Popper explains his premise that no amount of positive experimental results can prove a scientific theory to be correct. But a single negative result can prove a theory utterly wrong. Science isn't just a collection of established laws, but a system experimentally tests hypotheses. If a hypothesis survives numerous rigorous experiments, it gains plausibility -- but it can never be definitively proven to be completely correct. Discomforting as that is, it has become the dominant scientific view.
Consciousness exists. Science has had a hard time focusing mind and awareness under its microscope. After decades of sciene, there is still no agreement on on the nature of consciousness or even what the word means. We are even unsure what is relevant. We are often inaccurate when formulating our assertions. Panpsychism, essentially the alchemical view, is a doctrine (belief) that everything material (including the atoms and the galaxies) has an element of individual consciousness. But, is it correct to equate the concept of psyche and the concept of consciousness?
Materialism insists, "How can matter be conscious if the world is made of physical matter?" Behaviorism and functionalism have their own proponents but they are hardly compatible with physics or neurology. If consciousness emerges from neural processes what is emergence and how is it possible?
An alternative is a universe made of matter/consciousness. How does consciousness arise from seemingly inanimate matter? The nondual approach says everything is mind and matter is its manifestation. Wallace concludes consciousness does not emerge from the brain but is conditioned by it. The entire Universe of mind and matter arises from a fundamental non-dual reality.
Unorthodox philosophies and interpretations of anomalous experiences do not play well to current scientific authorities, because the current scientific method is itself programmed to perceive only information that fits its preconceived patterns. Still, several out-of-the-box theories have gained popular attention, whether they are "true" or not.
Any real theory of consciousness must be compatible with ALL relevant disciplines, possibly including phenomenology, neurology and cosmology. Varela suggests a neurophenomenologyapproach, inspired by the style of inquiry of phenomenology, like the postmodern Jungians. It seeks articulations by mutual constraints between phenomena present in experience and the correlative field of phenomena established by the cognitive sciences.
Many disciplines are not compatible with Physics, because the latter uses its own specific (reductionistic) methods of study. Some armchair theoreticians do not realize the actual complexity of the problem of compatibility of the intellectual products of different levels and kinds. None can explain the quantum leap from neurobiology to awareness.
There are simple therapeutic, life-changing models people can use to transform themselves, their attitudes, their pro-active response, confidence and self-esteem, even if they do not operate by the espoused principles of quantum mysticism. Often these techniques are lifted from perennial wisdom and fused with some 'gee-whiz' science. Thus, we have fads such as "What the Bleep," "The Law of Attraction," "Distance Healing," and a limitless host of quick-fix psychosocial remedies.
Because our intellects are flexible and spontaneous, we can handle more than one worldview (orthodox and heterodox), based in different asusmptions, imagining how our experience is the same and different in each. We don't have to 'believe' in them to the point of identification or zealotry to consider their merits and shortcomings. Sometimes even primitive techniques have the potential to influence our unconscious mind. Even a scientist's intellect is able to handle other kinds of information.
We are not limited to being either materialistic or theistic. The intellect can handle more than one approach operating with separate assumptions. But the intellect loves to find order. If two or more simultaneous views compete with one another, they will either be compartmentalized as in a "religious scientist," or the cognitive dissonance will drive the belief holder in one direction or another, seeking dissonance resolution or to find a transcendent perspective that is a quantum leap from the (mutually exclusive) outgrown views.
Panpsychism appeared as a result of scientification (putting into a scientific form) of ancient (shamanic) animistic beliefs, based on a misunderstanding of the very essence of the animistic belief system, in which a stone,a tree, or a wind were treated animated ONLY when they were addressed in prayers or in other forms of human-nature communication.
In other words, without the prayer (the human) there could be no psyche-possessing stones/trees/ winds/etc. At the same time, panpsychism attributes consciousness to everything material even in the absence of the subject of conscious activity. Perhaps it is better to describe inanimate objects as 'bathing in sentience' than potentially conscious, per se. Natural science provides no basis for attributing experience to 'animate' rather than 'inanimate' things. A panexistential view would be that everything has an element of individual consciousness. And this is what the alchemists called its Mercurial spirit. It has nothing to do with action or intelligence or dynamics -- only experience.
The deanimation of nature was a magic trick of the Enlightenment era, but the mechanistic view is fundamentally flawed. Critics will probably say there is no need for panpsychism to be considered as a grounding of consciousness preceding speciesness. To adopt such a position is indicative of a lack in precision in analysis of research, favoring a 'god factor' where there is no need for such and no evidence of such. Panpsychism is grounded in religion and as such fantasy and reflective of primitive mindsets of the past being exploited to try and maintain such mindsets in the present.
But, we can approach alchemy in spirit of spiritual alchemy, which like psychological alchemy takes an imaginal, rather that realist or literalistic point of view on the pursuit of this science-art. We understand its mythopoetic nature and its property of being an artistic medium for self-expression, soul making and deepening meaning. A less reductive approach to panpsychism reveals its role in the history of philosophy as counterpoint to the mechanistic view. It remains an influential subcurrent in any examination of the enigma of mind.
Mind is a general phenomenon of nature (Skrbina). Panpsychism is a meta-theory accomodating many theiries of mind. It simply holds that, no matter how one conceives of mind, such mind applies to all things. In addition, panpsychism is one of the most ancient and enduring concepts of philosophy, beginning with its pre-historical forms, animism and polytheism. Its adherents in the West have included important thinkers from the very beginning of Greek philosophy through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to the present. Many modern researchers find it a credible, generative option.
Paninformationism, as a general approach to dynamics is modern physics and does not need another name. Panpsychism addresses a different set of questions, which everyday physics has not: "Why is this like this to that." Within panpsychism there are naturally many positions addressing distinctions between the consciousness of rocks and living things. It presentsa radical challenge to the modern worldview, based on a mechanistic cosmos of dead, insensate matter.
First, it is incorrect to compare a theory and a discipline. A discipline may contain many theories (which use the same method of study), while a theory contains no disciplines. Some disciplines are not compatible with physics. We may investigate for compatibility only the intellectual products of the same kind: two theories, or two disciplines, or two hypotheses, etc. There is complexity in the problem of compatibility of the intellectual products of different levels and kinds.
Chris Lofting [in his IDM (Integration, Differentiation, and Meaning) model] proposes, "Through an analysis of the manner in which the brain appears to deriving categories of meaning, an upper ontology is established by creation of an abstract domain model usable to translate meanings across specialist domain models, where such models are derived from recursion, and in so doing highlighting the core methodology used in the brain for meaning derivation, real or imagined. The focus of the work is on (a) identifying the general methodology for meaning processing by humans and (b) introducing a basic ground for meaning derivation/communication by AI systems. In the process of identifying the general methodology in meaning derivation we identify a core property of recursion that allows for the emergence of language and consciousness." http://members.iimetro.com.au/~lofting/myweb/AbstractD.htm
Scientifically or otherwise, we don't really know the first thing about consciousness, except that we seem to have it. That doesn't stop many from offering their partial solutions and branded technologies, beyond those beliefs of conventional religion and alternative spirituality. But how does consciousness differ from self-awareness? What does it mean to be reflexively self-conscious? Is technology a neuromorphic force, changing our basic being? Where is the location and what is the pattern of consciousness?
Are there degrees of complexity of consciousness? Is it limited to the brain or the whole psychophysical organism? Some say not. Is consciousness a given with all matter or an epiphenomenon of the brain? Is it electromagnetically imprinted? Does it reside at the center of all our energy fields? Is it a mind, memory energy field? Is it holographic?
"The missing concepts that prevented the earliest investigators of consciousness from succeeding in their quest were 1) a generalized theory of information, and 2) quantum science itself, with the associated phenomena of nonlocality, the zero point energy field and the quantum hologram. These associated phenomena are still not well understood but are sufficiently validated today by both theory and experiment to provide a basis for postulating a necessary condition for the existence of consciousness phenomena, as experienced in the observable four dimensional space/time universe. A third concept, chaos theory, is also necessary to understand the nonlinear evolutionary processes that caused consciousness to evolve toward the anthropic consciousness experienced by humans. In particular, chaos theory maps far from equilibrium systems and demonstrates the irreversibility of nonlinear processes and thus the irreversibility of time in the macro-scale universe." --Edgar Mitchell, "Nature's Mind: the Quantum Hologram"
Holography is the process of recording and recreating complex three-dimensional wave fronts in space. Complex information can be encoded in EM fields, as we all know from coding and decoding of television and radio signals. Even more complex information can be encoded in holographic images. DNA acts as a holographic projector of acoustic and EM information which contains the informational quintessence of the biohologram. According to the holographic model of reality, all the objects we can observe are three-dimensional images formed of standing and moving waves by electromagnetic and nuclear processes. All the objects of our world are three-dimensional images formed electro-magnetically, i.e., holograms.
A holographic reconstructive wave passes through the hologram plate, specifying, out of the tangle of information record on the plate, avirtual image – a specific wave front. The "plate" is the holographic matter-field. This field, at the null scale of time, is literally un-image-able. The state of each point-event is reflective of the whole - of all other point-events. Each point-event in the field carries the information for the whole. Each point can be said to be "aware" of the whole in this elemental sense. This is the sense in which there is an elemental awareness defined throughout the whole field, like a vast, taut web.
A hologram is a scalar field. Scalars are just active information; a hologram is pure information. Entanglement is a property of nonlocal quantum information exchange. In this way, we understand before knowing. In Languages of the Brain (1971), Pribram postulated a neural hologram made by the interaction of waves in the cortex, which in turn is based on a hologram of much shorter wavelengths formed by the wave interactions on the sub-atomic level. Thus, we have a hologram within a hologram, and the interrelatedness of the two somehow gives rise to our sensory images. Bohm (1980), in Wholeness and the Implicate Order went further, declaring the brain is a hologram interpreting a holographic universe. In a holographic model this inseparable interconnectedness begins at the even more fundamental level of human existence, rooted in our existential blueprint, DNA. The brain is a hologram, enfolded within our holographic mind-body, enfolded within a holographic universe.
At the most fundamental level of our individual being, we too, our bodies and our psyches are part of the interference patterns caused by the interaction of consciousness and wave fronts arising from fields of infinite possibility. We then must also operate by holographic principles, thus our internal perception of this reality is itself a hologram in our brain. It is the means of perception that gives the universe its apparent forms and solidity. It is also this holographic perception that influences the dynamics of our brain's and our body's chemistry, our self-hologram. In this perceptual hologram resides the fundamental basis of our structure and our sense of self and external environment, including our psychophysical health and illness. Our disease structures are incorporated within it. It is here, at this level of our being where fundamental healing and physical-psychic restructuring occur.
This hologram is our the primal existential sensory self-image or existential hologram. Our sense of self is a holographic, existential, multi-sensory image. A holgram results from destructive and constructive interference of two superimposed coherent electromagnetic energy wave patterns. This field of interference is independent of direction and velocity, space and time. Synchronized coherent EM energy in the human brain at certain frequencies leads to "laser like" effects, amplifying brainwaves, generating a scalar field containing the total 'information' of an individual.
Holographic models of reality have been theorized with strings, M-theory, QCD, scalar fields, and scalar dark matter as their basis. Existing holographic recording methods are based on the scalar theory of light. The quantum vacuum is a dynamic massless scalar field. In the quantum vacuum vectoral and potential energies interact.
Laszlo says when symmetry is broken large amounts of energy floods into the vacuum "informing" the configuration of universal constants. This holographic medium registers and stores scalar wave transforms and information. Holographic information isn't necessarily stored in the neuromatrix, but the brain has access to it. All holographic theories describe our holographic universe, even if they are not compatible theories. The concept of holographic dark energy (HDE) is a serious candidate for the dark energy of the universe. Zhang describes the relation of dynamical vacuum energy and scalar-field dark energy:
"When taking the holographic principle into account, the vacuum energy will acquire dynamical property that its equation of state is evolving. The current available observational data imply that the holographic vacuum energy behaves as quintom-type dark energy. The scalar field models of dark energy are effective theories of an underlying theory of dark energy. If we regard the scalar field model as an effective description of such a holographic vacuum theory, we should be capable of using the scalar field model to mimic the evolving behavior of the dynamical vacuum energy and reconstructing this scalar field model according to the fits of the observational dataset. We find the generalized ghost condensate model is a good choice for depicting the holographic vacuum energy since it can easily realize the quintom behavior."
Holographic ABC Theory
Leon Maurer affirms this holographic basis in his ABC Theory, which is consistent with all basic theories of relativity, quantum and string physics. The panpsychic cause and mechanisms of awareness is also consistent with the most likely basis of cosmogenesis. This also leads to a theory of consciousness and mind that is consistent with panpsychism as well as with QM and relativity. Consciousness, as observer/creator, is a fundamental aspect of total reality, which is entirely separate from, yet dependent upon matter-energy and the observed information carried by its radiant fields or perceived by direct contact with its particle-wave forms. Universe is a causal holographic structure dependent on lawful processes of geometric fractal involution and electro chemical evolution guided by higher order morphogenetic energy fields. "If the mind is a higher order hyperspace field of radiant energy vibrating at a frequency phase one or more orders higher than the electromagnetic spectrum -- obviously such a field could not be detected by electromagnetic means or by our normal senses -- that are limited to those frequencies or energies moving at the speed of light "c" or less. "I believe the center of the brain behind the eyes and between the ears that is the source of the overall brain's EM field as well as the visual and audio mind fields (if they are separate orders of harmonic hyperspace energy) is between the thalamic bodies -- most likely in or near the pineal gland. Like the heart has an harmonically involved electromagnetic field of its own, apparently originating from a virtual point in its center -- the same holds true for the overall brain wave field. Mediation Dynamics What is the potential of awareness? Are we entangled with all minds? Is there a collective unconscious? What is the focus of consciousness, attentive awareness and role of intention? How does it relate to the information of perception and objects of perception? What is objective and what is subjective? What are the roles of learning, habits, and phenomenology, the distinctions of perception and reality, positive and negative feedback? Is consciousness always unchangeably subjective, while information and the energy fields that carry it are always unchangeably objective? Some say that panpsychism indicates a lack in precision in analysis of research and favors a 'god factor' where there is no need for such and no evidence of such. Panpsychism is grounded in religion and as such fantasy and reflective of primitive mindsets of the past being exploited to try and maintain such mindsets in the present. Do fields or information play a role in consciousness? Is free-will a perception or reality since research shows we make most of our decisions before conscious awareness is involved? Can we direct the beam of consciousness? How do brainwaves and sensory deprivation modulate our mental states? We simply don't know much, beyond the flexibilities of stimulus-response, despite centuries of meditation science, psychology and the modern discoveries of neurology and technology. Usually the realm of neuroscientists, few physicists have attempted any comprehensive theory of consciousness. Nick Herbert boldly does so in Elemental Mind. He suggests a third alternative to emergentist and cybernetic models. Herbert's third hypothesis suggests that - far from being a rare occurrence in complex biological or computational systems - mind is a fundamental process in its own right, as widespread and deeply embedded in nature as light or electricity. "For most of his life James T. Culbertson taught mathematics, computer science and philosophy at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, but Culbertson's life-long passion was his struggle to discover how to give consciousness to robots and how to test for the presence of consciousness in beings, such as ourselves, who possess it naturally. His first book The Minds of Robots outlines his SRM (spacetime reductive materialism) model of awareness and his later books develop SRM in more detail. Three features of quantum theory are especially suggestive for understanding how mind might enter matter at the quantum level. Coincidentally, these three features - randomness, thinglessness, and interconnectedness - were precisely the features that Albert Einstein, one of quantum theory’s founding fathers, found so bizarre that he could not accept them. “The passage of a quantum system from the thingless world of vibratory quantum possibilities into the ordinary world of fixed actualities takes place in two stages, which we might call “reality construction of the first and second kinds”. Reality construction of the first kind consists of the choice of a measurement context. This choice, under the control of the observer, cause the formerly seamless quantum wave world to split into a family of definite possibilities.Reality creation of the second kind (also called “collapse of the wave function” or “quantum jump”) occurs when one of these possibilities becomes an actual fact.” Consciousness Debate [If] experience or awareness just emerged from non-aware, non-experiencing matter-energy stuff, that would be a total category shift and thus a sort of miracle or at least magical thinking, unacceptable to the rational mind. The emergence into conscious experience, however, is not a miracle (so it was probably experienced as such). It is likely the result move into the symbolic condition of human culture, thus allowing for our experienced reality to be divided into the subjective and the objective worlds. Previous to this split, experience can be understood as the result of the relational dynamic and not as something occurring privately within a subjective entity. NEXT: A PEACOCK'S TAIL OF PHYSICS THEORIES & CORRECTED (SCALAR) ELECTRODYNAMICS, followed by PROCESS UNIVERSE Table of orthodox QM Interpretations, from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpretation_of_quantum_mechanics 1 If wavefunction is real then this becomes the many-worlds interpretation. If wavefunction less than real, but more than just information, then Zurek calls this the "existential interpretation".
"If the mind is such a higher order hyperspace field, it must be capable of carrying all the information processed by the
agglomeration of neurons in the neural network, as a wave interference patterned hologram capable of being reconstructed holographically, and detected (perceived and interpreted as aural- visual qualia) by the static access consciousness (awareness) located at the zero-point origin of the field.
"Also, obviously, in the case of both vision and hearing, this conscious point is located at the same place in the center of the head -- enabling the synchrony of both vision and sound as coincident holograms... Which allow us to locate the exact source of a sound with relation to the visual image of that source. This also allows us to experience exact lip synchronization, and is invaluable in the case of locating the source of potential danger while moving through a forest or driving an automobile, etc. Obviously, this is the simplest and most logical way for both our inner and outer worlds to be in perfect geometrical and temporal synchronization. Thus, we can move our body through constantly changing physical space with perfect confidence that we can catch a ball on the fly, avoid obstacles. and maneuver around moving objects.
"However, the information carried by a synapse must be electromagnetic in nature. Therefore it would contribute to the surrounding electromagnetic field that becomes integrated holonomically with the overall EM brain wave field... Which, in turn, is harmonically resonant with the higher order hyperspace fields (carrying the final information of consciousness) whose frequencies are closest to the ZPE surrounding the conscious zero-pint of Absolute space at the field's center of origin. It is this ZPE that can be willfully projected as coherent radiation to detect and reconstruct the holographic image of visual and aural perception, as well as initiate and guide intentional response through the neuromuscular system -- linked holographically (by magnetic resonance) with the EM body image and the visual mental image."
“Elemental Mind” surveys what we know about the mind’s outer dwelling place and certain tentative maps we have made of our own inner experiences. He develops criteria for a true science of mind and shows how important such a science will be not only for science but for philosophy and religion. He develops descriptions of tentative pioneer proposals concerning possible ways consciousness might manifest as an elementary force in nature.
Two approaches are particularly stressed: those that stem from Einstein’s special relativity theory - such as the notions of Jean Charon and of James Culbertson - and those based on extensions of quantum theory–such as the ideas of John von Neuman, Sir John Eccles and Henry Stapp. An entire chapter is devoted to Culbertson’s little - known spacetime reductive materialism (SRM) hypothesis, described as follows by Herbert (http://quantumtantra.blogspot.com/ 6-6-2009):
"In Jim's model of mind, consciousness arises from causal networks in spacetime. And since most of spacetime is criss-crossed with causal networks, consciousness is ubiquitous. Culbertsonian mind is a species of panpsychism. But most of this universal consciousness doesn't go anywhere; it just sits there in spacetime as isolated bits of experience. No memories, no sense of self, no flow of time. But just as material atoms can be used to build complex structures, so can Culbertson's atoms of awareness be linked into more complex experiences somewhat resembling the kinds of consciousness we humans enjoy. Some of the details of how to build more complex minds out of elemental experiences can be found in Culbertson's Sensations, Memories and the Flow of Time .
"Thus, using what I have elsewhere called "Jim Links", Culbertson's model has solved in principle the philosophical problem of "Other Minds". Does a cat enjoy an inner experience? Does a blade of grass enjoy photosynthesis? With a Jim Link these questions could be answered directly. As Culbertson once put it, the privacy of inner experiences is a mere biological accident and could in principle be overcome by technological means. Whether Culbertson's theory is viable or not, it sets a high standard for any rival model of mind: does it satisfy the Culbertson Criterion? Can it be tested by constructing mind links between allegedly conscious beings? A world in which Jim Links exist would surely make possible new forms of both eroticism and interrogation but I suspect that the Opening Up of Inner Space to Direct Exploration will be the most profound event in human history, changing the human species beyond recognition."
These three Einstein - abhorred features, however, have continued to play an increasingly important role in quantum thinking; quantum connectedness in particular has been securely confirmed by recent experiments motivated by the famous theorem of Irish physicist John Bell. “Elemental Mind” makes a plausible case from biological, psychological, and parapsychological evidence that these three features of supposedly inert matter are the external signs of three basic features of mind: free will, essential ambiguity, and deep psychic connectedness.
“One of the major mistakes of the medieval philosophers was their underestimation of the size of the physical world. This cozy earth, the seven celestial spheres, plus Dante’s concentric circles of Hell: that was the full extent of the universe in the medieval imagination. No one at that time even dreamed of other solar systems, let alone galaxies like dust clouds in a vast room billions of light-years in diameter.
Herbert believes that modern mind scientists are making this same medieval mistake by vastly underestimating the quantity of consciousness in the universe. If mind is a fundamental force in nature, we might someday realize that the quality and quantity of sentient life inhabiting our immediate space may exceed the physical splendor of the entire universe of matter.
Alchemy is a panpsychic philosophy. Panpsychism is the doctrine that mind is a fundamental feature of the world which exists throughout the universe. Panpsychism, in philosophy, is either the view that all parts of matter involve mind, or the more holistic view that the universe is an organism that possesses a mind. It is stronger than animism, which holds only that all things are alive.
Panpsychism doesn't believe that all matter is alive or even conscious but rather that the constituent parts of matter are composed of some form of mind and are sentient. This is alchemy's spirit hidden in matter -- the elusive Mercurius. Alchemy cannot rely on mathematical backing for reliability, but it carries the authority of psychic reality:
"The old way of picturing energy lived on in the alchemistic tradition in the idea of Mercurius as a "hidden fire" or fiery life-breath or a kind of life-spirit inherent in all things...This fire-spirit imagines everything in nature; he is a creation spirit who contains in himself "the image of all creatures." In the alchemical opus he must be liberated from his imprisonment in matter and then he begins to rotate in himself, vortex-fashion; at the same time he reveals himself as an immortal componenet of the alchemist's psyche. By way of the different stages of the so-called phlogiston theory this archetypal image gradually developed into the energy concept of modern physics. There is therefore no concept fundamental to modern physics that is not in one degree or another a differentiated form of some primordial archetypal idea." (M. L. von Franz, Projection and Recollection in Jungian Psychology)
We must realize there is only a probability of our ideas being right, but the quest lies in pursuing them passionately. We can frame our approach from the sense of excitement that we are taking part in mankind's great experiment, which is ancient in terms of philosophy but recent in terms of deep time.
"Psyche is understood holistically to include both conscious and unconscious experience. Process philosophers make this clear by referring to panexperientialism, which does indeed accept that experience occurs "all the way down" in reality (and presumably "all the way up", too). However, experience that becomes conscious of itself, i.e., conscious experience, is accepted as an emergence -- in the way predicted by dynamical systems theory (without a total category shift) as a "phase-shift" or more explicitly as the reflexive or recursive experience that makes one's experiential field an "object" of awareness (experience of experience).
Thus experience in itself may precede the experiencing subject. Unconscious experience = experience w/o a subject of experience, and there is no reason why this could not be manifesting itself all the time in all the way down, say, in the dynamic relations amongst subatomic particles, at least momentarily. Of course, this leaves open the possibility that there may be vastly expanded systems of experience much larger, broader, or deeper than our own particular version of symbolically- enabled human conscious experience (or, perhaps, that there is a cosmic background of awareness-without- an-object-of-awareness incomprehensible to us).
Unconscious experience is still experience, sensations felt, intentions meeting intentions based in blind intuition or instinct, learning accumulating glacially, or, rather, evolutionarily, and manifesting itself in the forms reality takes. The unconscious is our ever-present vital source and contains far more than a single human consciousness could ever encompass since it is both within us and all around us. (Greg Nixon, Jungian)
"Consciousness is a much smaller part of our mental life than we are conscious of, because we cannot be conscious of what we are not conscious of. How simple that is to say; how difficult to appreciate! It is like asking a flashlight in a dark room to search around for something that does not have any light shining up on it. The flashlight, since there is light in whatever direction it turns, would have to conclude that there is light everywhere. And so consciousness can seem to pervade all mentality when actually it does not." (Julian Jaynes)
"Consciousness flickers; and even at its brightest, there is a small focal region of clear illumination, and a large penumbral region of experience which tells of intense experience in dim apprehension. The simplicity of clear consciousness is no measure of the complexity of complete experience. Also this character of our experience suggests that consciousness is the crown of experience, only occasionally attained, not its necessary base." (Alfred North Whitehead).
"It has become generally accepted that a large, perhaps even a major part of our mental activities can take place without our being consciously aware of them. Though apparently unconscious, they are nevertheless part of significant mental experience since there is evidence that such activities can participate in later mental and behavioral manifestations — cognitive, affective, or conative." (Benjamin Libet)
"Basically, the idea is that there is something - which it pleases some but not others to call 'experience' - related to receiving, processing and responding in certain ways to information about reality that is primordially non-conscious in the sense that the organism does not experience that it is so experiencing." (Anthony Sebastian)"
Dynamic entities associated with human consciousness can be modelled as energy-bearing dynamic modes with biologically relevant spatial boundaries and time spans. Actualities remain primary, but defining their dynamics is often elusive.
Conventional quantum physics doesn't deal with consciousness. Heterodox theories often include it. But the great enigmas of our existence remain the riddle of matter, the origin of the universe, the origin of life, and the human mind or consciousness. Yet, the orthodox view remains dominant because it is so useful.
Accepted cosmology is based on the unique case of electrically neutral bodies embedded in neutral interstellar gas and dust. It is derived from the very special physics that applies only in laboratories at the Earth's surface. It relies on the incredibly weak force of gravity to create, shape and drive stars and galaxies. Some say it needs unseen "dark matter" to shape galaxies. It requires that stars are isolated bodies powered by an internal nuclear engine.
Orthodox cosmology assumes that the observed interstellar magnetic fields are magically divorced from the electric currents that MUST create them. Complex, filamentary structures are seen at every scale and attributed to colliding gas. But colliding gases heat up and disperse. Yet this is given as the model for how stars are formed. Because gravity is infinitely weak, theorists have had to conjure up an infinitely heavy object - the Black Hole - to save appearances. Cosmology has become the realm of the mathematician alone and inevitably lost touch with reality.
VEDIC PHYSICS: Ancient Vedic physics claims reality is rooted in irreducible non-material primordial consciousness. In this theory, consciousness is the primary reality of the universe. It is all that exists and matter is illusory. There are many alternative theories of superfluidic consciousness and subtle matter. They attempt to explain pre-space, information and experiential anomalies, such as synchronicity, nonlocal mind and paranormal phenomena.
Perhaps the unified field of consciousness is all we ever experience. Imminent consciousness is the sacred quality of matter -- pure being, the sacred root. Lazslo compares the vacuum with the Akashic field. The unified field of cosmic consciousness is the philosophical void, actually a plenum. Further, the vacuum has a memory, making transcendent consciousness akin to "immortality."
If our own memories reside in a system of hologram-like solitons which reside in a medium of loosely coupled subquantum particles we are back to the Vedic theory of Akasha or Jung's collective unconscious. To access this information we need to tune our consciousness to resonate with the holograms in the vacuum field.
There are contemporary models of consciousness/matter with and without chaos that are rooted in the vacuum. Some energetic descriptions of consciousness are more worthy of our alchemical attention than others, though each contribute another facet, another point of view. The view is that consciousness in its various forms is inherent in the process of the organization of matter and energy.
SELF-AWARE UNIVERSE: Amit Goswami, PhD proposes consciousness as the fundamental reality of the material world, based in the philosophy of monistic idealism. He claims it is a consistent, paradox-free interpretation of quantum mechanics that accounts for nonlocal psychic phenomena, such as self-consciousness, free will, creativity and ESP. There is one webwork of existence, a dance of creation and annihilation, with intentionality. But Goswami does not propose consciousness is mind; they are different concepts.
In monistic idealism, the consciousness of the subject in a subject-object experience is the same consciousness that is the ground of all being. Therefore, consciousness is unitive. The domain of potentia also exists in consciousness. Nothing is outside consciousness.
Buddha tells us that, "There is an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed. If there were not this Unborn, this Unoriginated, this Uncreated, this Unformed, escape from the world of the born, the originated, the created, the formed would not be possible." But there is this essential ground, and it is possible to "escape" spacetime, according to Buddha.
If the brain-mind is itself an object in a nonlocal consciousness that encompasses all reality, then what we call objective empirical reality is within this consciousness. The one becomes many through self-reference, fragmentation into tangled hierarchies of self-iterating information.
The trick is to distinguish between consciousness and awareness. In processes of which we are aware classical models prevail. When we consciously see, consciousness collapses the quantum state of the brain-mind. Unconscious processing does not effect collapse of the quantum wave-function, pinning down quantum entities to one reality. Thus, unconscious processing permits the expression of nonlocal phenomena.
The situation in the brain-mind, with consciousness collapsing the wave function may only happen when awareness is present. There is a tangled hierarchy within the immanent self-reference of a system observing itself. An operation by a self-referential system is where the von Neumann chain stops.
According to the idealist interpretation, coherent superpositions exist in a transcendent domain as formless archetypes of matter. Suppose that the parallel universes of the many-worlds theory are not material but archetypal in content--universes of the mind. Then, each observation makes a causal pathway in the fabric of possibilities in the transcendent domain of reality. Once the choice is made, all except one of the pathways are excluded from the world of manifestation.
Goswami proposes that, "the universe exists as formless potentia in myriad possible branches in the transcendent domain and becomes manifest only when observed by conscious beings." These self-referential observations plot the universe's causal history, rejecting the myriad parallel alternatives that never manifest.
The universe bifurcates in every event in the transcendent domain, becoming many branches, until in one of the branches there is a sentient being that can look with awareness and complete a quantum measurement, according to Goswami. The causal pathway leading to that sentient being collapses into space-time reality.
Meaning arises in the universe when sentient beings observe it, choosing causal pathways from among the myriad transcendent possibilities. This anthropocentric view is also reflected in cosmology as the Anthropic Principle, where the cosmos is created for our sake. Amazingly, this is apparently compatible with quantum physics.
The self of our self-reference is due to a tangled hierarchy, but our consciousness is the consciousness of the Being that is beyond the subject-object split. There is no other source of consciousness in the universe. The self of self-reference and the consciousness of the original consciousness, together, make what we call self-consciousness.
Goswami, Amit and Richard E. Reed, Maggie Goswami; THE SELF-AWARE UNIVERSE: HOW CONSCIOUSNESS CREATES THE MATERIAL WORLD; Jeremy Tarcher/Putnam Books, New York, 1993.
IMPLICATE ORDER: One of the most popular theories is David Bohm's holographic Implicate Order, which annihilates the notion of empty space. Bohm showed space is as real as the matter that moves through it. Space and Matter are interconnected. Calculations of zero-point energy suggest space is full rather than empty.
Plasma & Vortex Theories
"...at the conclusion of the alchemical work, there arises a rotating, eternal structure, the 'one nature'...the prima materia is in Komarios' view, a rotating heavenly order come down into matter 'which God not man, has transferred there.' " The Opus follows a cyclic course. It wanders through the four elements until they come together in a pearl, merging in the center between opposites. Then nature conquers nature and is completed and becomes vortex-shaped (Zosimos' idea). This whirlwind in matter moves analogously to the course of the stars in the firmamant, but it also represents the mystery of the soul and is a substance described as a murderous poison and revivifying pharmakon. It is thus an all-ermeating world-spirit which gathers the cosmos and its contents into unity. When the alchemist's soul unites with the divine spirit there is a genuine transformation via meditation." (M.L. von Franz, Number and Time)
Wal Thornhill's ELECTRIC UNIVERSE is plasma-based. Since plasma comprises almost all the universe it is another candidate for the mysterious IT which comprises the "Mind that is the Universe." Plasma belongs right in there with photons, gravity, and the vacuum potential.
Plasma is an emergent (i.e., higher-level or statistical-level) orderliness of complex electrical forces: such properties as filamentation, long-range attraction and short-range repulsion, braiding, characteristic velocities, formation and decay of plasmoids, and identity of properties at different scales. The Electric Universe cosmology is based on the behavior of electrically charged bodies embedded in a charged plasma. Plasma is a gas in which electrons have been removed from some of the atoms - in other words, it is ionised. Plasma is an excellent electrical conductor. 99.999% of matter in the universe is composed of plasma. A charged plasma has a small excess of negative or positive charge. Plasma naturally forms filaments in response to electric and magnetic fields. Those filaments may "pinch" magnetically to form stars. Stars are not isolated but receive electrical power from the galaxy - hence the million degree solar corona. Electromagnetic forces are infinitely more powerful than gravity and capable of simply explaining phenomena attributed to Black Holes. Electromagnetic forces can repel or attract. Gravity only attracts - requiring amazing legerdemain to explain colossal outpourings of matter from centres of galaxies. Plasma cosmology is the practical realm of electrical engineers. It is verifiable by experiment because of the enormous scalability of the phenomena. www.holoscience.com/views/vi...lasma.htm
TWISTOR SPACE: Roger Penrose describes a theory of twistor space, which maps the geometric objects of the four dimensional space-time (Minkowski Space) into the geometric objects in the 4-dimensional complex space with the metric signature. The coordinates in such a space are called "twistors," useful for geometrically modeling emergent theories of quantum gravity. This approach is natural for solving the equations of motion of massless fields of arbitrary spins.
Twistors are vortex-shaped forms. A vortex is the only way in which a fluid may move through itself. Physics regards mathematical forms, (not "things"), as the smallest building blocks of matter. Twistor modelling relates the nature of matter to space. Twistors are 20 orders of magnitude smaller than a nuclear particle. They are mathematical concepts which are massless.
The Torus model of the Universe, proposed by Arthur Young, could provide a macrocosmic paradigm for experiencing higher mystical states. A twistor is the smallest discovered form of a torus. A torus is a donut-shaped form plus its surrounding fields. Each twistor is shaped like a donut or piece of rope. It twists just once as it circles a central axis. The less energy it has, the greater its size. It travels at the speed of light in the direction of its axis.
Twistor theory uses complex numbers for expression. Complex numbers are composed of real and imaginary parts. The behavior of one part is influenced by the other part and vice versa. If the two separate types of numbers are to be properly combined to make complex numbers, they must be interwoven like the warp and woof of finished cloth.
Once this bolt of complex number "cloth" is woven, it can be "crumpled" but the interwoven nature of the real and imaginary parts prevent the possibility of tangled snarls. This loom analogy describes the orderly quality of the cmplex number and the logical manner in which it behaves. The addition of the imaginary part to the real number brings the real number out of the realm of potential and into the real world of manifestation.
Twistor theory goes beyond the use of the orderly, complex numbers to describe the universe. Twistor theory attempts to take into account empty space. A long-term aim of twistor theory is to eliminate the physical theory of a continuum, or "smooth" empty space. It is not empty; it is the Void.
A twistor space universe is described by four complex numbers, giving a total of eight parts to describe this view of reality. These include the 3 dimensions of position in space, two angular directions of motion through space-time, and the energy, spin, and polarization of that motion. In this view, the fundamental building blocks of this universe are twistors. Not particles, twistors lie between the concepts of particle and point. Mathematically, a twistor is closer to being the square root of a particle. Yet, theoretically, it is more analogous to the concept of the undivided point.
Real number behavior is controlled by the hidden complex structure of twistor space. Not only can particles be constructed out of twistors, but even the points in space-time themselves. A point in space-time is generated by the collection of twistors representing all possible light paths through that space-time point. What is intriguing about the 8-dimensional twistor space is that, by the orderly nature of complex numbers, only one kind of space-time is permitted to exist. That is the four-dimensional space-time of our perceived world.
RESONANCE PROJECT: The Haramein-Rauscher metric is a new solution to Einstein's Field Equations that incorporates torque and Coriolis effects. The bottom line of Haramein's Resonance Project is that all particles have a mini-black hole at their core. This approach appears to fit well with the spinor approach in the Dirac formalism in the quantum domain, that is, that the Lorentz conditions applied by Einstein in relativity may be the origin of the spinor and, hence, be the fundamental theory that yields the spinor formalism and the role of spin in physical phenomena. theresonanceproject.org/research.html
The dual torus topology occupies a central role in the spinor, twistor and quaternionic formulation. This topology appears to be ubiquitous in astrophysical and cosmological phenomena and is predicted by the U4 bubble of the affine connection in the Haramein-Rauscher solution to Einstein’s field equations. The geometric structure of the complexified Minkowski space is associated with the twistor algebra, spinor calculus, and the SUn groups of the quaternionic formalism. Hence quantum theory and relativity are related mathematically through the dual torus topology.
They examine the gravitic and electromagnetic collective coherent structures of plasma and their interactions with the vacuum. A balance equation between extremely collapsing gravitational systems and their surrounding energetic plasma media is proposed. The dynamics of the plasma media, the structure of the vacuum, and the coupling of electromagnetic and gravitational forces with the inclusion of torque and Coriolis phenomena is described by the Haramein-Rauscher solution to Einstein’s field equations.
The exotic nature of complex black holes involves not only the black hole itself but the surrounding plasma media. The main forces involved are intense gravitational collapsing forces, powerful electromagnetic fields, charge, and spin angular momentum. We find soliton or magneto-acoustic plasma solutions to the relativistic Vlasov equations solved in the vicinity of black hole ergospheres. Collective phonon or plasmon states of plasma fields are given. We utilize the Hamiltonian formalism to describe the collective states of matter and the dynamic processes within plasma allowing us to deduce a possible polarized vacuum structure and a unified physics.
Interpretation Deterministic? Wavefunction
Stochastic mechanics No No Yes No No None Ensemble interpretation
(Waveform not real)
No No Yes Agnostic No None Copenhagen interpretation
(Waveform not real)
No No Yes No NA NA Copenhagen interpretation
Objective collapse theories
No Yes Yes No Yes None Copenhagen interpretation
No Yes Yes No Yes Causal Many-worlds interpretation
Yes Yes No No No None Many-minds interpretation Yes Yes No No No Interpretational4 Consistent histories
Agnostic1 Agnostic1 No No No Interpretational² Quantum logic Agnostic Agnostic Yes³ No No Interpretational² Bohm-de Broglie interpretation
Yes Yes5 Yes6 Yes No None Transactional interpretation No Yes Yes No Yes7 None Relational
No Yes Agnostic8 No Yes9 None Incomplete
No No10 Yes No Yes10 Interpretational²
2 Quantum mechanics is regarded as a way of predicting observations, or a theory of measurement..
3 But quantum logic is more limited in applicability than Coherent Histories.
4 Observers separate the universal wavefunction into orthogonal sets of experiences.
5 Both particle AND guiding wavefunction are real.
6 Unique particle history, but multiple wave histories.
7 In the TI the collapse of the state vector is interpreted as the completion of the transaction between emitter and absorber.
8 Comparing histories between systems in this interpretation has no well-defined meaning.
9 Any physical interaction is treated as a collapse event relative to the systems involved, not just macroscopic or conscious observers.
10 The nature and collapse of the wavefunction are derived, not axiomatic.
Leon Maurer affirms this holographic basis in his ABC Theory, which is consistent with all basic theories of relativity, quantum and string physics. The panpsychic cause and mechanisms of awareness is also consistent with the most likely basis of cosmogenesis. This also leads to a theory of consciousness and mind that is consistent with panpsychism as well as with QM and relativity. Consciousness, as observer/creator, is a fundamental aspect of total reality, which is entirely separate from, yet dependent upon matter-energy and the observed information carried by its radiant fields or perceived by direct contact with its particle-wave forms. Universe is a causal holographic structure dependent on lawful processes of geometric fractal involution and electro chemical evolution guided by higher order morphogenetic energy fields.
"If the mind is a higher order hyperspace field of radiant energy vibrating at a frequency phase one or more orders higher than the electromagnetic spectrum -- obviously such a field could not be detected by electromagnetic means or by our normal senses -- that are limited to those frequencies or energies moving at the speed of light "c" or less.
"I believe the center of the brain behind the eyes and between the ears that is the source of the overall brain's EM field as well as the visual and audio mind fields (if they are separate orders of harmonic hyperspace energy) is between the thalamic bodies -- most likely in or near the pineal gland. Like the heart has an harmonically involved electromagnetic field of its own, apparently originating from a virtual point in its center -- the same holds true for the overall brain wave field.
What is the potential of awareness? Are we entangled with all minds? Is there a collective unconscious? What is the focus of consciousness, attentive awareness and role of intention? How does it relate to the information of perception and objects of perception? What is objective and what is subjective? What are the roles of learning, habits, and phenomenology, the distinctions of perception and reality, positive and negative feedback? Is consciousness always unchangeably subjective, while information and the energy fields that carry it are always unchangeably objective?
Some say that panpsychism indicates a lack in precision in analysis of research and favors a 'god factor' where there is no need for such and no evidence of such. Panpsychism is grounded in religion and as such fantasy and reflective of primitive mindsets of the past being exploited to try and maintain such mindsets in the present.
Do fields or information play a role in consciousness? Is free-will a perception or reality since research shows we make most of our decisions before conscious awareness is involved? Can we direct the beam of consciousness? How do brainwaves and sensory deprivation modulate our mental states? We simply don't know much, beyond the flexibilities of stimulus-response, despite centuries of meditation science, psychology and the modern discoveries of neurology and technology.
Usually the realm of neuroscientists, few physicists have attempted any comprehensive theory of consciousness. Nick Herbert boldly does so in Elemental Mind. He suggests a third alternative to emergentist and cybernetic models. Herbert's third hypothesis suggests that - far from being a rare occurrence in complex biological or computational systems - mind is a fundamental process in its own right, as widespread and deeply embedded in nature as light or electricity.
"For most of his life James T. Culbertson taught mathematics, computer science and philosophy at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, but Culbertson's life-long passion was his struggle to discover how to give consciousness to robots and how to test for the presence of consciousness in beings, such as ourselves, who possess it naturally. His first book The Minds of Robots outlines his SRM (spacetime reductive materialism) model of awareness and his later books develop SRM in more detail.
Three features of quantum theory are especially suggestive for understanding how mind might enter matter at the quantum level. Coincidentally, these three features - randomness, thinglessness, and interconnectedness - were precisely the features that Albert Einstein, one of quantum theory’s founding fathers, found so bizarre that he could not accept them.
“The passage of a quantum system from the thingless world of vibratory quantum possibilities into the ordinary world of fixed actualities takes place in two stages, which we might call “reality construction of the first and second kinds”. Reality construction of the first kind consists of the choice of a measurement context. This choice, under the control of the observer, cause the formerly seamless quantum wave world to split into a family of definite possibilities.Reality creation of the second kind (also called “collapse of the wave function” or “quantum jump”) occurs when one of these possibilities becomes an actual fact.”
[If] experience or awareness just emerged from non-aware, non-experiencing matter-energy stuff, that would be a total category shift and thus a sort of miracle or at least magical thinking, unacceptable to the rational mind. The emergence into conscious experience, however, is not a miracle (so it was probably experienced as such). It is likely the result move into the symbolic condition of human culture, thus allowing for our experienced reality to be divided into the subjective and the objective worlds. Previous to this split, experience can be understood as the result of the relational dynamic and not as something occurring privately within a subjective entity.
NEXT: A PEACOCK'S TAIL OF PHYSICS THEORIES & CORRECTED (SCALAR) ELECTRODYNAMICS, followed by PROCESS UNIVERSE
Table of orthodox QM Interpretations, from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpretation_of_quantum_mechanics
1 If wavefunction is real then this becomes the many-worlds interpretation. If wavefunction less than real, but more than just information, then Zurek calls this the "existential interpretation".