Mr. V.T. found this article, and I found it to be almost endlessly fascinating, since it touches upon topics we have often discussed in our members' vidchats: the relationship between the mind, consciousness, and the physical brain:
What's intriguing here is that in this study, consciousness is not being located in the brain, but rather, the opposite, the brain is being located in a hyper-dimensional field of consciousness. The article begins by noting that neuron clusters can only be mathematically modeled in more than three spatial dimensions:
In recently published research produced by a team from the Blue Brain Project, neuroscientists applied a classic branch of math called algebraic topology in a whole new way to peer into the brain, discovering it contains groups of neurons.
Each neuron group, according to size, forms its own high-dimensional geometric object. “We found a world that we had never imagined,” says lead researcher, neuroscientist Henry Markram from the EPFL institute in Switzerland. “There are tens of millions of these objects even in a small speck of the brain, up through seven dimensions. In some networks, we even found structures with up to eleven dimensions.”
But now, here's what I found extremely interesting. In our many discussions during members vidchats on this subject, I've held the view that (1) the mind and consciousness are distinct from the brain, i.e., that no merely materialistic explanation is adequate to the complexity of the subject; (2) that the two - the brain and the mind - exist in a complex feedback loop, and (3) if consciousness is modeled at all, it must be via an algebraic topology (echoing the insights, decades ago, of psychologist Kurt Lewin in his little known but classic study, Principles of Topological Psychology.
This, in its broad outlines, also appears to be the implied by this study:
Our brain is not a “stand alone” information processing organ: it acts as a central part of our integral nervous system with recurrent information exchange with the entire organism and the cosmos. In this study, the brain is conceived to be embedded in a holographic structured field that interacts with resonant sensitive structures in the various cell types in our body.
Essentially, Dr. Dirk K.F. Meijer, a professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, hypothesizes that consciousness resides in a field surrounding the brain in another dimension. The entire body is a conduit and a collaborator with consciousness as a feedback loop.
The actual study itself is a stunner, and even its title - for "entanglement fans" - is highly suggestive: "Consciousness in the Universe is Scale Invariant and Implies an Event Horizon of the Human Brain." But the real stunners are contained in the abstract:
Our brain is not a “stand alone” information processing organ: it acts as a central part of our integral nervous system with recurrent information exchange with the entire organism and the cosmos. In this study, the brain is conceived to be embedded in a holographic structured field that interacts with resonant sensitive structures in the various cell types in our body. In order to explain earlier reported ultra-rapid brain responses and effective operation of the meta-stable neural system, a field-receptive mental workspace is proposed to be communicating with the brain. Our integral nervous system is seen as a dedicated neural transmission and multi-cavity network that, in a non-dual manner, interacts with the proposed supervening meta-cognitive domain. Among others, it is integrating discrete patterns of eigen-frequencies of photonic/solitonic waves, thereby continuously updating a
time-symmetric global memory space of the individual. Its toroidal organization allows the coupling of gravitational, dark energy, zero-point energy field (ZPE) as well as earth magnetic fields energies and transmits wave information into brain tissue, that thereby is instrumental in high speed conscious and sub-conscious information processing. We propose that the supposed field-receptive workspace, in a mutual interaction with the whole nervous system, generates self-consciousness and is conceived as operating from a 4th spatial dimension (hyper-sphere). Its functional structure is adequately defined by the geometry of the torus, that is envisioned as a basic unit (operator) of space-time. The latter is instrumental in collecting the pattern of discrete soliton frequencies that provided an algorithm for coherent life processes, as earlier identified by us. It is postulated that
consciousness in the entire universe arises through, scale invariant, nested toroidal coupling of various energy fields, that may include quantum error correction. In the brain of the human species, this takes the form of the proposed holographic workspace, that collects active information in a ”brain event horizon”, representing an internal and fully integral model of the self. This brain-supervening workspace is equipped to convert integrated coherent wave energies into attractor type/standing waves that guide the related cortical template to a higher coordination of reflection and action as well as network synchronicity, as required for conscious states. In relation to its scale-invariant global character, we find support for a universal information matrix, that was extensively described earlier, as a supposed implicate order as well as in a spectrum of space-time theories in current physics. The presence of a field-receptive resonant workspace, associated with, but not reducible to, our brain, may provide an interpretation framework for widely reported, but poorly understood transpersonal conscious states and algorithmic origin of life. It also points out the deep connection of mankind with the cosmos and our major responsibility for the future of our planet. (Emphasis added)
Nested toroidal structures? Think dynamic torsion and rotation, and the mind as a field of such nested structures within a universe of such nested rotating structures (and think of all the "astrological" implications of that!) Field-receptive resonant workspaces? Think coupled harmonic oscillators and entanglement. Algorithmic origins of life? Think analogies and "topological metaphor of the medium." And most notably, there's that highly suggestive phrase "Its toroidal organization allows the coupling of gravitational, dark energy, zero-point energy field as well as earth magnetic fields and transmits wave information into brain tissue..." Talk about the ultimate expression of the Kantian-quantum mechanical "Copernican revolution" in bringing the Observer to the forefront in physics, and notably, by phrasing things in this manner, the paper is suggesting that consciousness itself may be the underlying unification factor in unified field theories. Even the use of "Event Horizon" in the title of the paper is highly suggestive, since that is a technical term of art usually applied to black holes.
Whatever one makes of this, it is worth reiterating what I've said elsewhere and in other contexts, we are just on the cusp of understanding consciousness and beginning to integrate it into our cosmological science. What began as a philosophical and scientific revolution with Kant and Heisenberg is not over. It is only just beginning, for the real bottom line of all of this is: "you" are not locked up inside your brain or body, but rather, the reverse.
See you on the flip side...