Every now and then you just have to wonder "just what the heck is going on here?" When I saw this article shared by Mr. P.J., my jaw dropped, because the implications, if one stops to think about them, are... well, to use that over-used over-worked word... staggering. If you're ever wondered how the human body, and more importantly, the human brain, might handle being teleported ala the teleporter devices of the movie The Fly, or how it might handle stepping through a "stargate" and being whisked to the other side of the galaxy in mere minutes, or how it might handle being "beamed up" in a Star Trek transporter, then have no fear: scientists at the University of California, Davis, are apparently studying that precise question:
The experiment is simple enough, and as the article notes, the brain appears to give off "rhythmic", i.e., regular, oscillations as a human being navigates. We may perhaps gain some idea of this by noting that many of us, while we drive, seem to be more relaxed and yet in a state of high concentration. While the article begins on this rather mundane note, it mentions that these oscillations occur as one "navigates" through computer driven lanscapes. But then comes a real noodle-baker at the end of the article:
In between seizures, the electrodes recorded normal brain activity, and three patients volunteered to take part in the experiment. They were asked to navigate through a streetscape on a computer screen. At some points, they entered a teleporter and jumped to a different, known location in the map. During teleportation, the screen went black for a random period of time.
Teleportation did not interrupt the oscillations at all, but the rhythm did change with the distance travelled during teleportation, Ekstrom said.
The results show that these oscillations are driven entirely by memory and learning processes in the brain, and do not depend on external senses. They also show that the oscillation carries information about speed and distance travelled, even when that travel is virtual teleportation.
All of this almost positively compells high octane speculation. At the head of this list, there is the obvious question: why would scientists be studying how the brain might react to "teleportation" at all? "It just seemed like a fun idea?" or "why not?" don't seem to be adequate answers. The most obvious answer would be that, in order to make their study as complete as possible, and to find out whether these brain oscillations were sensory-driven and thus influenced by external environment, or whether they were internal and therefore not sensory-dependent(such as might be the case during an actual "teleportation"), the "teleportation component" of the experiment was added to clarify their results. But of course, the other answer might be because "someone" wants to know, and wants to know because those technologies are getting closer to reality.
Does this sound fantastic?
Well, of course it does, but when one recalls that very small scale "teleportations" of a sort have already been achieved in entanglement experiments that have made public news, one wonders indeed what might exist in the black projects world.
There's a much more important story lurking between the lines here, however, and it's contained in my high octane speculation of the day, and that is that this experiment might be a step or component in a series of experiments in the nature of consciousness itself. Most readers here are aware that I am in that non-materialist camp that thinks consciousness transcends any merely material process, and that thus, the brain and the mind are two quite different things. There is a relationship between the two, to be sure, but as yet, that relationship has befuddled both scientists and philosophers. For my own part, I have long thought that the individual consciousness itself is a non-local phenomenon, and deeply related to the phenomenon of entanglement. This proposition some have argued may lie behind the apparent human ability to "remote view" objects not even in any close physical proximity to the "remote viewer" himself. As such, if consciousness is non-local, then it may form a basis for the phenomenon and any putative technologies of teleportation themselves. Already Dr William Tiller has performed experiments on the relationship of conscious intention to materials, with some astonishing results that imply that conscious intention can affect a physical system, and moreover, can do so at a distance. So imagine expanding this experiment to experimentation with consciousness and entanglement and teleportation.
Something tells me that we may therefore only be looking at the tip of an iceberg.
See you on the flip side...