INFORMATION SELF-ORGANIZATION AND CONSCIOUSNESS
Towards a holoinformational theory of consciousness
Francisco Di Biase and Mário Sérgio F. Rocha
Dept. of Neurosurgery/Neurology and Computed Tomography SANTA CASA
Hospital (FDB), and Dept. of Electroencephalography and Brain Mapping (FDB),
Dept. of Psychology (MSFR), and Neurosciences Sector(FDB, MSFR), CLÍNICA
BIASE*, and UNIPAZ- International Holistic University, Brasília
Post-Graduation Dept., Faculdade de Filosofia Ciências e Letras, FERP
Key words: Consciousness, information, self-organization, complexity,
The authors propose a holoinformational view of consciousness wich incorporates
the classical concepts of information, negentropy, order, and organization
(Shannon, Wiener, Szilard, Brillouin), to the theories of self-organization
complexity (Prigogine, Atlan, Jantsch, Kauffman).This holoinformational
consciousness also considers the recents developments of the physics of
information (Zureck, Stonier) with its new concepts of statistical entropy
algorithmics entropy, the latter related to the number of bits being processed
in the mind of the observer. Such conceptual framework gives a
quantum-informational basis that is integrated to the logics of non-locality,
the holomovement theory of David Bohm, and to the holonomic theory of brain
function developed by Karl Pribram. They so
elaborate a synthesis in wich
consciousness is conceived as a non-local flow of meaningful
quantum-informational activity, interacting actively with each part of the
universe through the holomovement. A continuous process of expansion and
enfoldement of the cosmos, connecting in a holistic and indivisible way
human mind to all levels of the self-organizing universe.
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The Tao obscures when we only stare at small fragments of the existence
Models that try to explain the nature of consciousness, whether originary
the neurosciences, medicine, psychology, physics, philosophy, computer sciences,
or religion, generally share the& cartesian-newtonian paradigm
by insisting on
an approach exclusively reductionist, and/or on the dualism mind-matter.
reductionism/dualisms dichotomy has been impairing the grasp of the
essence of what consciousness is since the seventeenth century.
Hameroff (1994) believes that such dispute may potentially be resolved
wich contend that conciousness has a distinct quality, but one wich
from brain processes wich can be accounted for by natural science.
solution it proposes a consciousness model based upon the emergence of quantum
coherence in the neural microtubules, which he developed with Penrose (1996).
Models like this one, use a traditional interpretation of quantum mechanics,
as Clarke shows(1995), start from a basically quantum-mechanical position
then impose modifications of the quantum formalism so as to ensure that
result is basically newtonian ...& strong emphasis
is placed on the wave
function as the fundamental object of quantum theory and a collapse
to pass to a newtonian picture. As a result, they are very firmly bound
spatial picture. By transforming the quantum logic into a newtonian
leave aside the non- locality function , quantum logics essence, and
universes fundamental property - and, as we shall see, also consciousness
Wilber (1997) considers that an integral theory of consciousness should
all the essential characteristics of the twelve main schools that study
consciousness, not as an ecleticism but rather a thigtly integrated
that follows intrinsically from the holonic nature of the Kosmos.
nature of the Kosmos is based upon the self-organizing holoarchy described
Jantsch (1980) that correlates the co-evolutionary interactions amongst
microevolution of the holons (Koestler, 1967), to the macroevolution of
collective/social forms. Wilbers theory, however, leaves open what
the key point in the understanding of consciousness, that is, the way by
information, order, negentropy,are transmitted amongst the infinite levels
organization of the cosmic and brain holoarchy, giving meaning to them.
common ground capable of integrating consciousness and cosmos in an ordered
indivisible whole, can only be fulfilled by a holoinformational theory that
takes into consideration the non-local quantum-informational structure of
brain-universe interactions, and be also compatible with the theory of
Wheeler (1990) and Chalmers (1995) realized how important the information
such context. Chalmers, by stating that information must be considered as
essential property of reality as matter and energy, and that conscious
experience be considered a fundamental feature , irreducible to anything
basic. Wheeler, with its famous the it from bit concept
that allows us to
unite information theory to consciousness and physics: ...every it
particle, every field of force, even the space-time continuum itself - derives
its function, its very existence, entirely - even if in some contexts,
indirectly - from the apparatus-elicited answers to yes-or-no questions,
choices, bits .
A more wide conception of order, organization, information and negentropy
(Wiener, 1948; Shannon, 1949; Szilard, apud Brillouin, 1959) is essential
the development of a holoinformational model capable of integrating
consciousness to nature.
Leon Brillouin, in his famous theorem, showed the equivalence between
information and negentropy, and Norbert Wiener put this identity on the
conceptual basis of cibernetics stating that information represents
entropy, and prophetically enphasizing that information is information
matter or energy.
Bateson (1972) defines information as the difference that makes a
a conception that Chalmers (1996) retakes stating that this is the
to make the connection between physical systems and informational states.
equivalence/identity between order, negentropy and information,
is the way
that allows us to build upon and understand the whole irreducible and natural
flow of order transmission in the universe, organized in a meaningful
intelligent informational mode. In the classical thermodynamic
definition of order is probabilistic and dependant on the entropy
measures the degree of disorder of a system, leaving absent, or reducing
the immense wealth of natural meanings.
Self-organization and information
For Atlan (1972, 1979, 1983), as well as for us, entropy shouldnt
understood as a disorder measure, but much more as a measure of complexity(pg.
37, 1979). In order to do this, it is necessary to consider that the notion
information implies a certain ambigüity, meaning the bit capacity of
system (ex. Shannon), or the semantic content (meaning) conducted by the
during a communication. In the information theory, the organization, the
expressed by the amount of information in the system (Shannons H function)
the information measure that is missing to us, the uncertainty about the
(cf. Brillouin). Relating this ambigüity, this unexpectedness, to the
and the non-homogeneity of the system, Atlan could solve certain logical
paradoxes of self-organization and complexity, widening Shannons theory.
Defining organization in a quantitatively formal mode, Atlan showed that
systems order corresponds to a commitment between the maximum informational
content (ie, the maximum variety) and the maximum redundancy, and showed
that the ambigüity can be described as a noise function, or even a
time one, if
we consider the time effects as related to the random factors accumulated
environments action. Such ambigüity, peculiar to self-organizing
be manifested in a negative way (destructive ambigüity) with
meaning of desorganizing effect, or in a positive way (autonomy producer
ambigüity) that acts by increasing the relative autonomy of a
part of the
system in relation to the others, that is reducing the systems natural
redundancy and increasing its informational content.
Atlan developed this self-organizing theory of complexity for biological
systems. Jantsch studying the evolution of the universe, showed that
cosmological evolution is also a self-organizing process, with the
microevolution of the individual systems (holons) co-evolving towards
macrosystemic collective structures better organized, with a big
the amount of these collective systems. This whole self-organizing process
represents, actually, an universal expression of a bigger acquisition of
or informational content that, as Atlan demonstrated, is a consequence of
reduction of redundancy in the totality of the system.
Ilya Prigogine, Nobel Prize winner, developed
an extension of thermodynamics
that shows how the second law can also allows the emergence of novel structures,
and indicates the ways in wich order can emerge from chaos. This type of
self-organization generates dissipative structures that are created and
maintained through the energys exchanges with the environment in
non-equilibrium conditions. These dissipative structures are dependants
new order, called by Prigogine order from fluctuations,
which corresponds to a
giant fluctuation stabilized by the exchanges with the environment.
self-organizing processes the structure is maintained through an energy
dissipation, in which the energy displaces itself, simultaneously
the structure through a continuous process. The more complex the dissipative
structure, the more information is needed to keep its interconnections,
it consequently more vulnerable to the internal fluctuations, which means
higher instability potential and higher reorganization
fluctuations are small, the system accomodates them and does not change
organizational structure. If the fluctuations reach a critical size, however,
they cause a desequilibrium in the system, generating new intra-systemic
interactions and reorganization. The old patterns interact between
in new ways, and establish new connections . The parts reorganize themselves
a new whole. The system reaches a higher order (Prigogine, 1979).
Consciousness self-organization and information
Seager (1995) states that consciousness, self-organization
connect themselves at the level of semantic significance, not at the level
bit capacity, and that as the classical theory of information
is situated at
the level of bit capacity it would seen unable to
provide the proper
connection to consciousness...and we can begin to move towards
a more radical
view of the fundamental nature of consciousness with a move towards a more
radical view of information. Seager still reminds us that in the famous
two-slit experiment, and in the quantum eraser experiment, what
is at stake is
not the bit capacity, but the semantically significant correlation of
information laden distinct physical systems, in a non-causal mode.
Chalmers(1995) argues that each informational state
has two different
aspects, one as conscious experience, and the other as a physical process
brain, that is, one internal/intentional and the other external/physical.
view finds support in the present developments of the so-called information
physics, developed by the physician Wojciech Zureck (1990) and others,
propose that the physical entropy would be a combination of two magnitudes
compensate each other: the observers ignorance, measured
statistical entropy, and the disorder degree of the observed system, measured
the algorythmic entropy which is the smallest number of bits needed to register
it in the memory. During the measurement, the observers ignorance
as a result of the increase in bit numbers in its memory, remaining,
however,constant the sum of these two magnitudes, that is, the physical
In this informational view of the universe, the observer
remains included as
part of the system, and the quantum universe changes not because it was
influenced by the mind, but because the observers mind unleashed a
information at a subatomic level. From this all results a
law of conservation
of information, as well as or more fundamental than the law of conservation
energy. Stonier (1990) also identifies information with the structure and
organization of the universe, arguing that information is the cosmical
organizational principle with a status equal to matter and energy.
In our holoinformational view we propose that what
significantly the cosmical evolution is the relationship between the physical
entropy and the universes quantum-informational content, through a
wich the complexity using the pre-existing informational content reaches
time higher organizational levels and variety. The complexity in the universe
grows gradually, from gravity and nuclear powers, intensifies with the emergence
of the self-organizing systems of the biosphere, and reachs an almost
antientropic state of complexity, variety and informational content with
emergence of the noosphere.
As we shall see soon ahead, there is a physical theory
that has implicit in
its conceptual framework, besides the mechanistic local interactions, a
non-local quantum informational unfolding, that self-organizes matter, life
consciousness in a meaningful way.
Consciousnessconception as something essential, primary and irreducible
found in the consciousness maps, obtained from thousands of psychotherapeutics
reports and consistent and converging experiences, observed by several
researchers of the medical and psychological areas (Jung, 1959; Grof, 1985;
Moody Jr., 1976; Ring, 1980; Sabom, 1982; Kubler-Ross, 1983; Weiss, 1996).
researchs works with persons submitted to altered states of consciousness,
through various methods, like hypnosis, relaxation, meditation, holotropic
breathing, near-to-death experiences, etc. Surprisingly, such
maps reveals an
ontology and a cosmology in which consciousness cannot originate from, or
explained in terms of any other thing . It is a primordial factor of existence
and from it emerges everything that exist (Grof, in Capra, 1988).
The replication of these numerous clinical observations by researchers of
notorious scientifical reputation are extremely important data, many
despised. It consistently prove an irreducibility of consciousness, being
the few non-philosophical, non-religious and non-physical ways that allow
investigate and understand directly, in totum, the consciousness
in a controled scientifical way. Presently, there are available a series
psychotechnologies that are usually ignored and/or marginalized by the academic
community, which allow us to use the human mind as a reliable system of
investigation and elucidation of the nature of consciousness, that are passibles
of replication an corroboration.
Nature, information and consciousness
It follows that a holoinformational and self-organizing theory,
integrating consciousness to the non-local quantum-informational tessitura
the universe, can solve the question of consciousness nature. We understand
Weil (1993) that intelligences nature is natures intelligence
Atkins (1994) that consciousness is emergent information itself
at the moment
of its generation, ongoing, self-organizing change in a self/world model.
Fortunately, there is a physical theory of the universe that integrates
consciousness as an irreducible dimension of nature in its conceitual framework.
Nevertheless, this theory has been inexplicably considered in
way by the scientifical world, going unnoticed its revolutionary implications
about the consciusness-universe interaction. It is the holomovement theory
developed by the physician David Bohm that mathematically demonstrates the
existence of a hidden, implicit order in the universe, a primary reality.
Matter, life and consciousness (the explicate order),would originate from
common ground (the implicate order) by means of a continuous movement
unfolding and enfolding of the cosmos called holomovement.
Bohm (1987) states that in the implicate order everything is folded
everything. But its important to note here that the whole universe,
principle enfolded into each part actively through the holomovement,
as well as
the parts. Now this means that the dynamic activity-internal and external-
is fundamental for what each part is, is based on its enfoldement of all
rest, including the whole universe. But of course, each part may unfold
in different degress and ways. That is, they are not all enfolded equally
each part. But the basic principle of enfoldment in the whole,
is not thereby
denied. Therefore enfoldment is not merely superficial or passive but, I
emphasize again, that each part is in a fundamental sense internally
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
relationships are still considered to be real, but of secondary significance.
That is, we can get approximations to a mechanistic behaviour out of this
is to say, the order of the world, as a structure of things that
external to each other, comes as secondary and emerges from the
So, we can say, we live in a quantum universe in which reality is essentially
non-local, and the classical newtonian world with its external local
interactions, emerges as a special case from this deeper quantum order.
According to Bohm (1987), the analogy with the hologram in which each part
the system is an image of the total object, even if it is a static image
does not transmit the ever dynamic nature of the infinite unfolding and
enfolding which at each moment create our universe, is a functional
because the mathematical laws of the quantum theory that
apply to these
waves, and therefone to all matter, can be seen to describe
just such a
movement in which there is a continual enfoldment of the whole into
region, along with the unfoldment of each region into the whole
this may take many particular forms - some known, and others not
yet known -
this movement is universal as far as we know . Bohm calls
movement of enfoldment and unfoldment holomovement.
Bohm states that
these laws are also capable of being compatible with the theory of relativity,
and therefore the implicate order is able to have support from
the two most
fundamental theories of modern physics, the theory of relativity
quantum theory. In a posterior development, Bohm postulated the existence
superimplicit order, a still more subtle dimension of the universes
organization. In this model, a quantum superinformation field of the totality
the universe would organize the implicate first level in multiple wave-like
structures which would unfold in the explicate order. According to Bohm
in Wilber, 1992), there is a physical model developed by De Broglie
proposes a new type of field, which activity is dependent upon the information
content that is conducted to the whole experimental field, which,
to the quantum mechanics, results in the superimplicit order!
Consciousness and non-locality
Adding to its equations a Quantum Potential that satisfies Schrödingers
equation, that depends on the form but not on the amplitude
of the wave
function, Bohm (1993) developed a model in which the quantum potential,
active information that guides the particle along
its way. The quantum
potential has inedited characteristics unknown up to then, because differently
from the other natures forces, it is subtle in its form, and does
with the distance. Such interpretation allows communication between this
wave and the particle, to be processed in a higher speed than the
unveiling the quantum paradox of non-locality, i.e., of the instantaneous
causality, fundamental in the holoinformational view of consciousness. Such
paradox, initially proposed by Einstein, who did not believe in the possibility
of a particle to travel more rapidly than light, is presently
known as Effect
Einstein- Podolsky-Rosen, and states that after an atom issues two particles
opposite spins, if the spin of one of them is altered, even though theyre
separated by a long distance, (for example, one in the Earth and the other
Mars), the spin of the other changes immediately, revealing an informational
non-local interaction betwen them, and the existence of a subjacent indivisible
Information then starts to be understood as natures fundamental process,
capable of act changing the structure of the universe since any elementary
particle is united to the whole cosmos by means of a quantum potential.
In 1982, Alain Aspect and col. experimentally proved the existence of these
non-local actions, and more recently, in July 1997 (cf. Science, vol. 277,
481) Nicolas Gisin and col. proved the existence of this
informational instantaneous action in large scale.
For Bohm, differently from Bohr, the elementary particles do not have dual
nature wave/particle but are particles all the time, and not only when observed.
Actually, the particle originates from a global quantum field fluctuation,
its behaviour determined by the quantum potential that carries
about the environment of the quantum particle and thus
informs and effects
its motion. Since the information in the potencial is very detailed, the
resulting trajectory is so extremely complex that it appears chaotic or
indeterminist(D. Peat, 1987). Any attempt of measuring particles properties,
changes the quantum potential, destroyng its information. Actually, according
Bohm, Bohr had interpreted the uncertainty principle as meaning not
is uncertainty, but that there is an inherent ambigüity in a
quantum system (
apud Horgan, 1996).
As John Bell (1987) observed, the
De Broglie-Bohms idea seems... so
natural and simple, to resolve the& wave-particle, dilema in such
a& clear and
ordinary way, that it is a great mistery... that it was so generally ignored.
In the holographic theory, as no field organized the
implicate order, it was
consequently linear and difficult to unfold. The implicate order is a wave
function, and the superimplicate order or superior informational field,
function of the wave function, i. e., an superwave function that makes the
implicate order,non-linear organizing it in complex and relatively stable
structures. Besides that, the holographic model as a way of organization
implicate order was dependent upon the quantic informational potential field,
that did not have capacity for self-organization and transmission of the
information, essential for the understanding of the& genesis and
matter, life and consciousness. The superimplicate order fills this need,
allowing the understanding of consciousness energy and matter as expression
varieties of a same holoinformational order. As a result consciousness
already have been present since the beginnings of cretion in the various
of natures unfolding and enfolding .
Even a stone is in someway alive ( Bohm )
Towards a holoinformational theory of consciousness
We saw that the quantum potential guides by means
of active information the
particle alongside its course. This active information that organizes the
particles world reveal that the whole nature is holoinformational,
organized in a meaningful way, and this meaning process is crucial to understand
the holoinformational nature of consciousness and intelligence in the universe.
Matter, life and consciousness are meaningful activities, that is, intelligent
quantical-informational processes, order that is transmitted
cosmical evolution, originary from a generating holoinformational
field that is
beyond our perception limits.
It follows that an universe structured as a quantum
non-local field full of quantum potential with meaning
activity, is an
intelligent (informed) universe functioning like a mind, as Sir James Jeans
already had observed. So, as consciousness has always been present
various levels of natures organization, matter, life and consciousness
be considered as separated entities, capable of being analised under a
fragmentary cartesian framework. Actually, it must be better considered
indivisible unity, with all its quantum informational processes interacting
means of non-local (holistic), internal, relationships, and simultaneously
external, local (mechanistic) relations, generating transformation, learning
evolution capacities. Such view of a holoinformational continuum,
fundamental generating order with a quantum-informational creative
permeating the whole cosmos, permits to understand the basic nature
universe as an intelligent self-organizing unbroken wholeness, ie, a
consciousness. A kind of universal consciousness unfolding
in a holographic
way in an infinite holoarchy.
The quantum-informational fluctuations generated from
consciousness through the holomovement get self-organized on the universes
basic informational levels: the nuclear code (cosmosphere), the genetic
(biosphere) and the neural code (noosphere). Such holoinformational codes,
is, this order that is transmitted in a meaningful and intelligent way through
all levels of complexity of the universe, is the negentropic self-organization
of the information.
In this holoinformational vision of
consciousness the non-local
quantum-informational flow in a continuous holomovement of expansion and
enfoldment, between the brain and the superimplicate order, is the universal
consciousness self-organizing itself as human mind. The essential
characteristic of quantum non-locality of this dynamic holoinformational
interaction process makes the question about the phenomenal
of concious experience raised by Chalmers (1995) , multicontextual,
multidimensional, relative not only to the observer, but also to the observation
process and to what one observes, that is, to the holographic information
whole in question. The level of this informational quality is capable of
increase or reduce, in a phase transition, depending on the amount
information contained in the part of the universal hologram in
focus and on
the relations referential, whether external (mechanistic) or internal
(holoinformational field) .
The hard problem of consciousness proposed by Chalmers
is only difficult and
problematic in a mechanistic and reductionist cartesian-newtonian context
which consciousness and universe are considered separated entitities. In
holoinformational context of internal relations, indivisible and non-local,
ceases to exist, because the self-organizing sublevels of the universe that
structured in a mechanistic-local way are understood as secondary manifestations
of the harmonic, holistic and non-local nature of the universal
holoinformational continuum. Matter, life and consciousness,
of this holoinformational field , with fundamental non-local quantum relations,
unfolding in myriads of possibilities.
Theoretically this sends us also to the question of
the unconscious, which
could be hypothetically understood this way, as a part of the universal
holographic consciousness unfolded in the brain/mind that gets out
gets obscured, when it self-organizes as human consciousness,
as in a
hologram, in which the part contains the whole in a less clear way. The
holoinformational consciousness when structured (embodied) in the human
reduces the quality (qualia) of the perception of the unity/totality (holos)
nature, making these aspects remain usually unconcious, restricting the
consciential field, and limiting it mentally and simbolically. This could
explain the metaphor of Mans Fall found with several nuances in many
Matter, life and consciousness, will never
be understood by means of a
fragmented and reductionist emergentism view that only considers the external
and mechanistics relations. This is a perception error, already pointed
the oriental traditions, thousands of years ago, under the name of
symbolical beings we can better understand this process going
flower and fruits metaphor. We can say the fruit comes from the flower.
However, the fruit is already implicit in the seed, making it impossible
to state that it only and essentially comes from the flower. This would
reductionism, a perceptive fragmentation of reality. Actually,
not even the
seed originates the fruit. The fruit comes from an indivisible totality,
intelligent and holo-related: sun, rain, earth, air, wind, cosmic rays,
weather, microorganisms, insects, birds, seed, sap, steam, leaves...ad
infinitum, in an irreductible holoinformational order.
Consciousness and the human mind
The cibernetical networks of cyclical hierarchical relations through
try to characterize life and consciousness, interrelate themselves in a
multilevel dynamic of hypercycles (Eigen and Schuster, 1979),
self-cathalitic cycles (Prigogine 1979; Kauffman, 1995) in the
chaos (Lewin,1992). Self-cathalitic cycles can organize
in higher levels, by
means of cathalitical hypercycles, (e.g. a virus) capable of evolving to
complex and more efficient structures, until the emergence of sets,
of... of sets of neurons (Alwin Scott, 1995). .In this way, the network
generate creative loops (Erich Harth, 1993) and hyperstructures
1995) integrating themselves in systems with patterns of connectivity
distributed and parallels, as the Global Workspace of Newman
and Baars (1993)
and the Extended Reticular-Talamic Activation System- ERTAS
of James Newman
Dynamic non-linear systems like the human brain, with
correlates of consciousness are generated not only by such complexifications
of matters mechanicistic external relations, but as we already saw,
also as a
prime reason by an harmonic unfolding of an indivisible universal consciousness
field. This holographic inteligent self-organizing field, self-sufficient
self-referred that continuously creates (unfolds) and recreates (replies)
itself, goes on experiencing continuously new possibilities of existence
non-existence, in an eternal and ever new unfolding-enfolding cycle. The
Prigogine-Geheniau et al. self-consistent non big bang cosmology
main features of this multi-cyclic learning scenario in which the cosmic
evolution is the result of an interaction between the quantum vacuum and
particles of matter that are synthesized in it. Laszlo (1993) adds to this
scenario the postulate according to which the quantuum vacuum is the
universal field interacting with matter stating that the field
acts as a
holographic medium, registering and conserving the scalar wave-transform
3n-dimensional configuration spaces assumed by matter in space (pg
This universall fifth field is not inferred from space-time interations
gravitational, electromagnetic, the strong and weak nuclear forces. In this
type of field space and time become implicate, enfolded, as described
matematically by Bohm. The fifth field is sprectally, holographically
organized, and is made of the energy present in the interference patterns
waveforms. The transformations from space-time order to this spectrum dimension
are described by holographic matematical formulations. This type
formulations was first described by Leibniz that created the conception
monads. Dennis Gabor in our century described the matematical
holography and defined a quantum of information
he named logon, a channel
which can carry a unity of communication with the least amount of uncertainty.
his holonomic brain theory proposes that the whole
quantum-informational holographic process interconnecting the brain and
cosmos that occurs on a subatomic level, simultaneously interacts with a
holographic process of information treatment, the multiplex neural hologram
distributed by the whole brains cortex, dependent upon the so-called
local circuit that do not show long fibers and do not transmit the common
nervous impulses. They are neurons that work in ondulatory way, and
responsible for the horizontal connections of the neural tissues layers,
connections in which holographicoides interference patterns can be built
(Pribram, 1980). He describes a neural wave equation (1991)
resulting from the
workings of the brains neural networks, similar to the wave equation
Pribram (1991) has demonstrated
that hiperestimulation of frontolimbic
forebrain allows primates including humans to operate in a holistic,
holographic-like mode. The electric excitation of these brain areas
Gaussian constraints, as Laszlo put it. While during ordinary levels
excitation of the frontolimbic system signal processing creates the usual
narrative consciousness, when the excitation of this system exceeds a certain
treshhold, conscious experience is dominated by unconstrained
processes. The result is timeles, spaceless, causeless, oceanic
Pribram found that in these states the nervous system becomes, as he said,
attuned to the holographic aspects of - the holograph-like order in
universe(Laszlo, pg 179, 1993).
We have in the brain a more subtle and less known mind/body
relation than the
neurophysiological maps represented by the celebrated Penfield homuncule.
homuncule reveals only the spacial relations between the surface
of the body
and the brains cortex. Actually, the receptor field of the cortical
reacts selectively to multiples sensorial modes making the harmony curves
adjacent receptors fields to mix as in a piano. In this way the harmony
the cortex originates a ressonance as a string instrument. The matematical
formulations that describes the resulting harmony curve are the Fourier
transformations that Gabor applied in the creation of the hologram
these transformations with a model that can be reconstructed by the application
of the inverse process. That holographic organization is what Bohm calls
implicate order, a model that includes space and time in its structure
enfolded dimension. Functioning in this holograph mode our brain can
mathematically builds the objective reality interpreting frequencies
from another dimension, from a fundamental order, a holoinformational field
located beyond time and space.
As the brain has the capacity of function
in the holographic non-local mode
as in the space-temporal local mode, we think that we are dealing
Bohrs concept of complementarity in the quantum functioning
of the central
The holonomic brain theory of Pribram, and the holographic
quantum theory of
Bohm, added with Laszlos fifth field contribution quoted above,
shows us that
we are part of something much& greater and vast than ours individual
mind is a subsystem of a universal hologram, accessing and interpreting
holographic universe. We are interactive resonants and harmonics
this unbroken self-organizing wholeness. We are this holoinformational field
consciousness, and not observers external to it. The external observers
perspective made us lose the sense and the feeling of unity or supreme identity,
generating the immense difficulties we have in understanding that we are
with the whole and not part of it.
We did not come to this world : we came from it, like
the leaves of a tree.
Like the ocean produces waves, the universe produces people. Each individual
an expression of the whole kingdom of nature, a single action of the total
universe. Rarely this is, if at any time it is at all, felt by
the majority of
the individuals. Allan Watts
Besides outline the fundamentals of a non-local,
holoinformational conception of consciousness, this
approach also gives the
directions for understand information as the unifying principle,
connecting consciouness to the universe and to the totality of space and
It also allows a better understanding of phenomena and theories related
consciousness which up to now we could not explain or understand adequately,
such as synchronicities, archetypes, collective unconscious (Jung), unconscious
complexes (Freud), near-death experiences (Moody Jr.), premonitory dreams,
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Brian D. Josephson , Physics Nobel Prize , believes
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implicate order can even lead someday to the inclusion of God in the science
network. We believe that the holoinformational view of consciousness
in Bohms quantum theory one of its very foundations, implies in the
in sciences framework of a Cosmical Consciousness. An Universal Intelligence
that originates, permeates , maintains and transforms the universe, life
mind, through the holoinformational process.
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paradigm, the question about consciousness nature is unanswerable. It can
useful to unfold new knowledges and generate new questions and answers.
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