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Electromagnetic theories of consciousness: Spectrum of Spirit and Self Realizations
October 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Co-sponsored by: MTT/AP
Theorists differ in how they relate consciousness to electromagnetism. Electromagnetic field theories (or “EM field theories”) of consciousness propose that consciousness results when a brain produces an electromagnetic field with specific characteristics.
Some electromagnetic theories are also quantum mind theories of consciousness; examples include quantum brain dynamics (QBD). In general, however, quantum mind theories other than these QBD approaches do not treat consciousness as an electromagnetic phenomenon. It is interesting to note that EM field-mediated communication into models of brain function has the potential to reframe discussions surrounding consciousness including “Operational Architectonics framework of brain-mind functioning”
Water comprises 70% of the brain, and quantum brain dynamics (QBD) proposes that the electric dipoles of the water molecules constitute a quantum field, referred to as the cortical field, with corticons as the quanta of the field. This cortical field is postulated to interact with quantum coherent waves generated by the biomolecules in neurons, which are suggested to propagate along the neuronal network. The idea of quantum coherent waves in the neuronal network viewed as a means by which order could be maintained in living systems, and argued that the neuronal network could support long-range correlation of dipoles. This theory suggests that the cortical field not only interacts with the neuronal network, but also to a good extent controls it.
The field theories of consciousness do not appear to have been as widely discussed as other quantum consciousness theories; however, others argue that quantum theories of consciousness suffer from the same weakness as more conventional theories. Just as arguments are based on that there is no particular reason why particular macroscopic physical features in the brain should give rise to consciousness because there is no particular reason why a particular quantum feature, such as the EM field in the brain, should give rise to consciousness either. Despite the existence of transcranial magnetic stimulation with medical electronics purposes, that tests looking for the influence of electromagnetic fields on brain function have been universally negative in their result, However, a number of studies have found clear neural effects from EM stimulation.
Speaker(s): Prof. Hans Chaudhry,
Event Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
6:00 PM- Refreshments and Networking
6:30PM-8:00 PM: Talk by Dr. Hans Chaudhry
Seminar in ECE 202
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