Science: Consciousness May Be Non-Local

quantum brainLet me wax “crazy” for a second: It was 3 or so years ago when I published on the podcast that my enlightenment experience over 10 years ago had revealed to me that all consciousness was non-local, and that the intelligence that makes up all life and matter in the universe was created at the very fundamental quantum level, working upward from there, thus creating the complex systems of life as we know it.  I wasn’t the first to realize this.  Every enlightened being from before the Buddha and forward has known this simple fact, even if we lacked the scientific language to be able to explain it.

Folks who have passed through the full-on enlightenment experience know that the intelligence of the universe… the energy that gives us humans (and all life forms) life and consciousness… that thing some people call God… THAT actually exists down below the smallest known particles and constantly CREATES (present tense) the Earth and universe as we know it, tying us all together through a field of intelligence that may some day be scientifically quantifiable.

Yeah… it sounds crazy… EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT SCIENCE JUST GOT A HUGE STEP CLOSER TO PROVING JUST THAT.  This is from ScienceDaily, a website dedicated to prominent science news:

Jan. 16, 2014 — A review and update of a controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness published in Physics of Life Reviews claims that consciousness derives from deeper level, finer scale activities inside brain neurons. The recent discovery of quantum vibrations in “microtubules” inside brain neurons corroborates this theory, according to review authors Stuart Hameroff and Sir Roger Penrose. They suggest that EEG rhythms (brain waves) also derive from deeper level microtubule vibrations, and that from a practical standpoint, treating brain microtubule vibrations could benefit a host of mental, neurological, and cognitive conditions.

The theory, called “orchestrated objective reduction” (‘Orch OR’), was first put forward in the mid-1990s by eminent mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose, FRS, Mathematical Institute and Wadham College, University of Oxford, and prominent anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff, MD, Anesthesiology, Psychology and Center for Consciousness Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson. They suggested that quantum vibrational computations in microtubules were “orchestrated” (“Orch”) by synaptic inputs and memory stored in microtubules, and terminated by Penrose “objective reduction” (‘OR’), hence “Orch OR.” Microtubules are major components of the cell structural skeleton.

Orch OR was harshly criticized from its inception, as the brain was considered too “warm, wet, and noisy” for seemingly delicate quantum processes.. However, evidence has now shown warm quantum coherence in plant photosynthesis, bird brain navigation, our sense of smell, and brain microtubules. The recent discovery of warm temperature quantum vibrations in microtubules inside brain neurons by the research group led by Anirban Bandyopadhyay, PhD, at the National Institute of Material Sciences in Tsukuba, Japan (and now at MIT), corroborates the pair’s theory and suggests that EEG rhythms also derive from deeper level microtubule vibrations. In addition, work from the laboratory of Roderick G. Eckenhoff, MD, at the University of Pennsylvania, suggests that anesthesia, which selectively erases consciousness while sparing non-conscious brain activities, acts via microtubules in brain neurons.

“The origin of consciousness reflects our place in the universe, the nature of our existence. Did consciousness evolve from complex computations among brain neurons, as most scientists assert? Or has consciousness, in some sense, been here all along, as spiritual approaches maintain?” ask Hameroff and Penrose in the current review. “This opens a potential Pandora’s Box, but our theory accommodates both these views, suggesting consciousness derives from quantum vibrations in microtubules, protein polymers inside brain neurons, which both govern neuronal and synaptic function, and connect brain processes to self-organizing processes in the fine scale, ‘proto-conscious’ quantum structure of reality.”

After 20 years of skeptical criticism, “the evidence now clearly supports Orch OR,” continue Hameroff and Penrose. “Our new paper updates the evidence, clarifies Orch OR quantum bits, or “qubits,” as helical pathways in microtubule lattices, rebuts critics, and reviews 20 testable predictions of Orch OR published in 1998 — of these, six are confirmed and none refuted.”

An important new facet of the theory is introduced. Microtubule quantum vibrations (e.g. in megahertz) appear to interfere and produce much slower EEG “beat frequencies.” Despite a century of clinical use, the underlying origins of EEG rhythms have remained a mystery. Clinical trials of brief brain stimulation aimed at microtubule resonances with megahertz mechanical vibrations using transcranial ultrasound have shown reported improvements in mood, and may prove useful against Alzheimer’s disease and brain injury in the future.

Lead author Stuart Hameroff concludes, “Orch OR is the most rigorous, comprehensive and successfully-tested theory of consciousness ever put forth. From a practical standpoint, treating brain microtubule vibrations could benefit a host of mental, neurological, and cognitive conditions.”

Okay, so let the skeptics who have refuted the quantum involvement in consciousness start shitting themselves.  Science has now stepped to the plate to prove one of these crazy theories that microtubules of matter do interact with quantum energy and do affect the higher structures associated with them, to include our own neuronal activity and thus… consciousness.

Now the cool thing about this discovery is that it ties to consciousness a lot of informational baggage regarding how quantum physics transcends the linear time barriers, the locality of energy exchange barriers, and even quantum entanglement, the phenomenon where one particle can be entangled with another particle over infinite distances while still having a cause and effect relationship over each other.

And so consciousness is now officially tied in with all that “spooky actions at a distance” nonsense, as Albert Einstein called it.

Now… you don’t have to be a quantum physicist to see all this science in action and witness how it actually works.  Just find a way to get the endogenous DMT to release itself within your brain during your waking hours (through one of the multiple forms of meditation, or other means), and you will actually get to SEE and UNDERSTAND first hand how life, consciousness, and God work on a grand scale.  It’s possible.  And now that science is proving out the “discoveries” that the inner space cosmonauts and enlightened folks have understood since the enlightenment experience came to be, achieving that bucket list goal should now be more compelling than ever.  Now go meditate deeper than you ever have before and make it happen.

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  1. It’s still a chore sometimes to do it, but it appears worth the effort.

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