Every now and then I get one of "those" articles that's so stunning in its implications that I have to blog about it, if simply for the sheer fun of crawling out to the end of the High Octane Speculation twig, and launching myself into thin air and just let the speculations run where they will. Well, this article that was spotted and shared by Mr. V.T. is definitely one of "those" articles:
What grabbed me here was this:
Scientists found that neurons in mammalian brains were capable of producing photons of light, or “Biophotons”!
The photons, strangely enough, appear within the visible spectrum. They range from near-infrared through violet, or between 200 and 1,300 nanometers.
Scientists have an exciting suspicion that our brain’s neurons might be able to communicate through light. They suspect that our brain might have optical communication channels, but they have no idea what could be communicated.
And that led the author or authors of the article to ask an obvious question:
This raises the question, could it be possible that the more light one can produce and communicate between neurons, the more conscious they are?
In other words, in contrast to the "older" model of consciousness being a kind of "either/or" question, with humans obviously "conscious" and rocks obviously not, and animals in some frustrating philosophical no-man's land in between ("dumb animals"), might it be more of a spectrum or continuum? Well, maybe. Personally, I've always been more comfortable with the latter view than the former, and I suspect that anyone who has owned a pet is too; they certainly don't behave or act as simply "dumb biomechanical machines."
However, there's a catch in the article, and it's revealed by that very "continuum of consciousness" idea: do more biophotons and neurons not indicate a materialist view of the mind, i.e., that mind and consciousness arise solely from materialistic causes? It may seem that way, but the author/s of the article are quick to catch the implications of the finding, which, when one thinks about it a bit, flips the whole argument of emergent consciousness from material causes on its head:
Just think for a moment. Many texts and religions dating way back, since the dawn of human civilization have reported of saints, ascended beings and enlightened individuals having shining circles around their heads.
From Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, to teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, among many other religions, sacred individuals were depicted with a shining circle in the form of a circular glow around their heads.
In other words, that famous verse from Genesis that many of us learned in Sunday school - "Let there be light" - might be a kind of biophysical euphemism for "Let there be conscious existence." But they don't stop there:
But one of the most exciting implications the discovery that our brains can produce light gives, is that maybe our consciousness and spirit are not contained within our bodies. This implication is completely overlooked by scientists.
Quantum entanglement says that 2 entangled photons react if one of the photons is affected no matter where the other photon is in The Universe without any delay.
In other words, the patterns of biophotonic activity, if they do give rise to consciousness, means precisely that that a specific pattern could be entangled somewhere else in the universe, and hence, that specific consciousness is not localized within "this particular brain" but could, in fact, be localized in several brains. That really captured my imagination, for it seems to square with many other hypotheses, from Dr. Rupter Sheldrake's "morphogenetic field" to the idea - voiced by Bearden and some other authors - that each species has its own unique "electromagnetic signature", which signature again is a non-local phenomenon; even the idea of epigenetics seems to be implied by the idea, i.e., that there is some mechanism influencing evolution that is beyond the sum total of material "bits of information" (the genome itself), influencing development.
It's that possibility of the entanglement of biophotons that could also impact on something else: the multi-verse theory of Everett and Wheeler, who first posited that interpretation of quantum mechanics. The idea is, that for every set of possible observations, there must be a "timeline" or "universe" actualizing that potential (to put it crudely). They were, it should be noted, very uncomfortable with their own idea, because it seemed to make no sense. Plus, it gave rise to all sorts of thorny problems: if there were a multitude of universes, was it possible for one to "bleed through" into the other? Conventional wisdom would say no. But if those multiverses are a reflection of "entangled biophotons," something very different would seem to result, for the first result is: the template of an individual consciousness itself might be non-local, but it is found present simultaneously in a multitude of "universes" (or if one prefer, timelines), and it's that which might account for "bleed through" or "overlap" of one into the other. If all this high octane speculation be true, then a great deal will have to be re-thought, from reincarnation to multiverses, for it would appear that this idea of an entangled, non-local template of consciousness would be, more or less, a common surface uniting them all.
See you on the flip side...