Monday, October 12, 2015

Why do we need consciousness science?


A 17th century illustration of consciousness By Robert Fludd 


In recent years the understanding of consciousness has gone through an accelerated progress and transformation. However, only by establishing a physical basis of consciousness will turn this research into an established field of science. 'The Science of Consciousness,' is a new contribution in this ongoing discussion. The book proposes a new physical world view and arrives at a surprising explanation for consciousness and evolution.

In the past decades it has become increasingly clear that classical mechanics cannot explain conscious phenomena; quantum theory is increasingly put forth as an alternative explanation. Consciousness has been modeled as a quantum system. Today the quantum-like modeling of cognition, such as the human mental lexicon for example, is a mainstream scientific idea in prominent journals and by well-established scientists. Also, psychology and other social sciences for a hundred years increasingly turned to the tools of quantum mechanics. My theory builds on, and supports these ideas, but it goes even further. I audaciously claim (and I hope to prove it also) that the brain’s electromagnetic balances give rise to a self-regulating energy unit, the mind. This physical entity is an elementary particle, which interacts through elementary forces. Therefore the brain does not only form a quantum-like state; it gives rise to the mind, which possesses all the qualities of elementary particles, such as unity, indivisibility, constancy, or spinor operation. This idea might be shocking, unnerving and even preposterous. However, radical ideas require a jump in conceptual thinking. Although a new scientific vista generally involves inexact details and concepts that are not fully worked out, data for this fundamental scientific thought is amounting. For example the hypothesis can give explanation to some of the most mysterious puzzles of consciousness, just to name a few:

1, It is very difficult to retrace our thoughts and we have very limited control over them on the first place. The mind seems the have a ‘mind’ of its own. People occasionally carry out actions that they have a hard time to explain or even regret afterwards.

2, Why is quantum theory such a superior predictor of human behavior in psychology and economy?

3, What exact role emotions play in intellect and why are we so powerless over our emotions?

4, Our temporal closeness to events can change our conceptual vista immensely, to the point of reaching diametrically opposite decision about a project (for example most people have great plans for retirement, but carry out almost none of it).

5, The findings by numerous esteemed scientists show the role positive emotions play in success and health, and the inverse effects of negative emotions on the same. These highly consistent findings are difficult to explain in any other way.

Understanding consciousness gives you the tools to reach for ambitious, wholesome goals and achieve them in a timely manner. It opens the book on human motivation, allowing a deeper understanding of others and the self. It is like having the first color television on the block. Now you can possess this understanding; the book is available on Amazon.

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