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Quantum-Informational Holographic Model of Consciousness
Tuesday, 26 August 2008 02:29 UTC
[Text written by Francisco di Biasi]
I present here a quantum-informational holographic model of brain-conscious-universe
interaction based on the holonomic neural network model of Karl Pribram [1-9] and relying
on the ontological interpretation of quantum theory developed by David Bohm 10, with
extended nonlocal properties of the quantum field as described by Hiroomi Umezawa 11.
weconsider this model an extension of the interactive dualism developed by Sir John Eccles
[12-16] and as extended by Richard Amoroso [17-20] and in this volume. Eccles’ idea of an
interconnection between brain and spirit by means of quantum microsites named dendrons
(bundles of nerve dendrites) that couple to psychons, (Eccles philosophical construct of mind
that interacted with or coupled to brain dendrons.)has deeply influenced the development of
our conception of consciousness. I propose a dynamic concept of consciousness seen as a
holoinformational flux interconnecting holonomic informational Quantum Brain Dynamics
(QBD) [21-22], with the quantum informational holographic nature of the universe [23-25].
This self-organizing flux is generated by a holographic mode of neuronal information that
can be optimized through practices of deep meditation, prayer, and other states of higher
consciousness, the quantum potential (In Bohm’s ontological interpretation of quantum
theo ry a guidance principle (the de Broglie pilot wave) was introduced to ‘steer’ evolution of
the wave function.) which may effect the coherence of cerebral waves 26.
Brain mapping studies performed during the occurrence of these harmonic states have
shown a highly synchronized and perfectly ordered spec tral array of brain waves that form
unique harmonic waves, as if all frequencies of all neurons from all cerebral centers played
the same symphony. This highly coherent brain state generates the nonlocal holographic
informational cortical field of consciousness interconnecting the human brain and the
holographic cosmos [10,23-25]. The comprehension of this holonomic quantum
informational nature of brain-consciousness-universe interconnectedness allows us to solve
the historic mind-matter Cartesian hard problem [27-30], unifying science, philosophy, and
spiritual traditions in an expanded transdisciplinary, holistic, paradigm. In this new
cosmovision, consciousness and transpersonal phenomena becomes parts of science and of
the very holoinformational nature of the universe 30.
In this holoinformational cosmovision brain and universe are conceived as quantumholographic-informational systems interconnected by an instantaneous universal nonlocal holoinformational flux.
This instantaneous holoinformational brain-cosmos dynamics is based on three pillars of modern science:
1) The holographic neural network processing of brain systems described by neuroscientist
Karl Pribram [1-9].
2) The quantum-holographic theory of the universe developed by physicist David Bohm 10.
3) The quantum principle of nonlocality developed by physicist Hiroomi Umezawa, in his
theory of the quantum field 11.
Holographic Neural Networks
Holographic systems can generate three-dimensional virtual images.
The virtual image or hologram is created when a laser falls upon an object and reflects on a
plate and a second laser or rectilinear reflected beam falls on this plate generating a mix of
the waves from the two beams. This wave interference pattern stores all the information
about the form and volume of the object, and when it is reflected it generates a threedimensional
image of the object in space. The relevancy for us is that we can prove
mathematically and experimentally that in holographic systems information about the whole
system is distributed in each part of the system. If we break the holographic plate, each part
of it will display the entire three-dimensional image of the object in space, showing us that in
holographic systems the whole is in the parts as each part is in the whole.
These holographic transformations form spacetime order in a spectral dimension of
frequencies the description of which is dependent on the pioneering mathematical
formulations first described by a concept called monads developed by Leibniz. In the
Twentieth Century Dennis Gabor described the mathematical principles of holography,
winning him a Nobel Prize. The mathematical formulations that describe the harmonic curve
resulting from the interference pattern of waves are called Fourier transformations, after the
18th century French mathematician that described it. Gabor applied Fourier transformations
to the creation of the hologram showing how Fourier transforms of the interference pattern
can be used to rebuild the virtual image of the object by the application of the inverse
process. Gabor showed that from a dimension of frequencies objects in spacetime can be
rebuilt in a virtual form!!
Karl Pribram has demonstrated with his holonomic theory of brain dynamics that the cerebral
cortex is the site of a holographic information process he calls a multiplex neural hologram
that is dependent on local circuits of neurons without long fibers that do not transmit ordinary
nervous impulses. “These neurons function in the undulatory mode and are above all
responsible by the horizontal layer connections of the neural tissue where holographic
interference patterns can be built” 3.
The neural hologram is build by the interaction of the electromagnetic fields of the
neurons similarly to the interaction of sound waves in a piano. When a piano is played the
keys strike the strings generating a vibrational standing wave between the two ends of the
string, creating an interference pattern (This interference can be destructive or constructive).
Nodes of constructive interference, of these sound frequencies, create the harmony or
harmonics that are the notes making up the music we listen to. Pribram has demonstrated that
a similar process is continuously occurring in the cerebral cortex by means of the
interpenetration of the electromagnetic fields of the adjacent cortical neuro ns, generating a
harmonic field. According to Pribram’s model his harmonic electromagnetic field distributed
in the cerebral cortex, holographically stores and encodes a huge information field
responsible for the emergence of memory and consciousness. As the music is not in the piano
but in the resonating field that surrounds it, so our memories and consciousness are not in the
brain, but in the holographic information field that surrounds it.
Pribram’s neural wave equation, 3 describing holographic neural network processing is
similar to the Schrödinger wave equation of quantum theory with the addition of the de
Broglie-Bohm Quantum Potential. This is not coincidental and opens the possibility of
holographic interaction between receptive fields in the cortex with the holographic quantum
universe described by David Bohm. This new holographic paradigm allows us to rethink the
manner in which information processing occurs in the nervous system. In this context,
Pribram’s quantum holonomic theory of brain function is one of the most brilliant and
revolutionary contribution to neuroscience in the 100 years since the initial studies of
The Holographic Conscious Multiiverse (HCM)
The mathematical formulations that describe the harmonic slope resulting from wave
interference are Fourier transformations that Dennis Gabor applied to the development of the
hologram, enriching it by the application of the inverse process, a model in which the
interference pattern rebuilds the object in a virtual image. In other words, from the spectral
dimension of frequency one can reconstruct mathematically and experimentally the object in
This holographic organization mode is also what Bohm applied to quantum theory to
develop his holographic quantum theory of the universe. In Bohm’s universe model, space
and time are mixed, “folded” in to a dimension of frequencies that is an implicit hidden order
without spacetime relations. In this field of frequencies dimensional fluctuations occur, more
intense “undulations” like holographic patterns, to build a spacetime dimension. This explicit
order is our manifest universe. According to Bohm 15:
In the implicate order everything is folded into everything. But it’s important to note here
that the whole universe, is in principle enfolded into each part actively through the
holomovement, as well as the parts. Now this means that the dynamic activity-internal and
external- which is fundamental for what each part is, is based on its enfoldment of all the
rest, including the whole universe. But of course, each part may unfold others in different
degrees and ways. That is, they are not all enfolded equally in each part. But the basic
principle of enfoldment in the whole, is not thereby denied. Therefore enfoldment is not
merely superficial or passive but, we emphasize again, that each part is in a fundamental
sense internally related in its basic activities to the whole and to all the other parts. The
mechanistic idea of external relation as fundamental, is therefore denied. Of course such
relationships are still considered to be real, but of secondary significance. That is, we can
get approximations to a mechanistic behavior out of this. That is to say, the order of the
world, as a structure of things that is basically external to each other, comes as secondary
and emerges from the deeper implicate order.
Quantum Brain Dynamics
Experimental research developed by Pribram and other consciousness researchers like
Hameroff 33 and Penrose 34, Jibu and Yassue, confirm the existence of a Quantum Brain Dynamics in neural microtubules, in synapses and in the molecular organization of the
cerebrospinal fluid. This Quantum Brain Dynamics can generate Bose-Einstein condensates
and the Fröhlich Effect. Bose-Einstein condensates consist of atomic particles, or in the case
of the Fröhlich Effect biological molecules, that can assume a high level of coherent
alignment, functioning as a highly ordered and unified informational state, as seen in lasers
and superconductivity. These quantum dynamics show us that the interaction process
between dendrons and psychons, described by Eccles, are not limited to the synaptic cleft, as
stated by Eccles, but a much wider embodiment throughout the who le brain. Like Pribram
and Amoroso, wesee this not as a contradiction but as a natural extension of Eccles ideas.
We expanded our conjecture that the interconnectedness between brain and cosmos is an
instantaneous nonlocal connection to the concept of a holoinformational flux, from which
both mind and matter are in-formed. This resembles Bohm’s holomovement. In this new
concept, quantum holographic brain dynamic patterns are conceived as an active part of the
universal quantum-holographic informational field, and capable of generating an
informational field interconnection that is simultaneously nonlocal (quantum-holistic) and
local (Newtonian-mechanistic), i.e., holoinformational. Taking yet in consideration the basic
mathematical property of holographic systems in which the information of the whole system
is distributed in each part of the system, plus Bohm’s holographic quantum physics data, and
the experimental data of the holonomic theory of Pribram, we propose that this universal
interconnectedness could permit us to access all the information [35-37] codified in the wave
interference patterns existing in all the universe since its origin. The quantumholoinformational
nature of the universe interconnects each part, each brain-consciousness,
with all the information stored in the holographic patterns distributed in the whole cosmos, in
an indivisible irreducible informational cosmic unity [38-40].
As a consciousness exercise, analogous to Einstein’s thought experiments, we could
compare this universal informational interconnectedness with the following metaphoric
quotations from various spiritual traditions: As above so below (Alchemy). All that is outside
is inside (Upanishads). The father is inside us (Christianity). As in the earth so in the heavens
(Christianity). This universal interconnectedness could be perfectly understood as a Cosmic
Consciousness in this conception is the holoinformational flux that permits the interaction
of the holonomic informational Quantum Brain Dynamics – that we can consider as extended
dendrons – with the quantum-holographic nature of the universe, that we can view as an
extended cosmic psychon.
As Pribram states, as sensory receptive fields dendrons can be mapped in terms of Gabor’s
Elementary Functions or wavelet-like patterns. Gabor called these unities Quanta of
Information, because he used the same mathematics to describe it as Heisenberg did in
describing units of quantum physics.
Yet Pribram shows: “They define the unit structure of processes occurring in the material brain.
However,Gabor invented his function, not to describe brain processes, but to find the maximum
compressibility of a telephone message that could be sent over the Atlantic Cable without
destroying its intelligibility. The Gabor function thus describes both a unit of brain
processing and a unit of communication. Brain is material, communication is mental. The
same mathematical formulation describes both. The elementary structure of processing in
Eccles material dendron is identical to the elementary structure of processing of a mental
(communication) psychon. There is a structural identity to the dual interactive process” 3.
Highly Harmonic Synchronized Brain States
Through practices of deep meditation, prayer, and others states of higher consciousness that
elevates the coherence of cerebral waves, this universal interconnectedness becomes
expanded by synchronizing the functioning of the cerebral hemispheres and unleashing a
highly coherent brain state that optimizes the holographic treatment of neuronal information.
In brain mapping studies this highly synchronized harmonic state shows brain waves highly
synchronized and perfectly ordered, in a unique harmonic wave, as if all frequencies of all
neurons from all cerebral centers played the same symphony. In our concept this highly
harmonic synchronized state generates a nonlocal holographic informational cortical field
creating a holoinformational flux of consciousness interconnecting the human mind with the
Holographic Cosmic Consciousness.
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