For a very long time mankind has questioned what consciousness is – whether our ability to think, our free will, is tied directly to our soul or if it’s a component of the complexity of our brains. I intend to shed some light on a few theories as conceived by Susan Pocket and John McFadden. While these theories have had some criticism from the scientific community, McFadden had his article presented to an editorial board after peer review before it was published on these topics, and is considered a viable scientific theory to be taken into consideration.
OUR BRAINS – THE BIOMECHANICAL GOVERNER
The basis of the theory, the very cornerstone which it is built on, is the fact that our brains function on firing neurons and chemical reaction. The action of a neuron firing is an electrical occurrence and results in some of the same things we see in electricity during the course of a common day. When our brain fires a neuron, it builds up the postsynaptic potential in an adjacent neuron, which then fires in rapid sequence until the “signal” reaches its destination. The timing, quantity, position, and specific millivolt assignment for these communications are dictated by ribonucleic acids and various chemicals transferring across pathways through our nervous system. Our DNA dictates these transactions and influences the generation electricity and the paths it takes. McFaddon found that it is very evident that
McFaddon found that it is very evident that each neuron firing triggers a disturbance in the surrounding electromagnetic field. It has been witnessed that this field is abundantly more prominent with synchronous firing of the neurons – that when the neurons trigger the electromagnetic field builds exponentially if the firing is synchronous. This synchrony is affected and affects our free will; our choice of actions is argued to be our subjective experience of the field acting on our neurons. In other words, our thoughts build synchrony and it compounds to generate the electromagnetic field which then feeds energy back to the neurons which initially fired, influencing them. This is referred to as the CEMI theory, “Conscious ElectroMagnetic Information“.
The synchrony of the neurons inherently generates patterns in the EM field. These patterns modulate the firing of particular neurons, in turn; so, the processes of the brain are driven by deterministic electromagnetic interactions between the field and the neurons. Due to this, and the recognition of patterns we are all so vastly equipped for, it allows for the integration of parts into a whole. For example, a person’s face is not seen as a collection of features, but rather a face. This is due to the integration of the patterns into the electromagnetic field, according to the CEMI theory as McFaddon and Pocket believe.
In 2013, McFaddon published an update to the theory which explained experiments in Christopher Koch’s lab, demonstrating effects concurrent with the prediction that EM fields influence brain function. This theory suggests that our consciousness, thought patterns and DNA-based instincts are actually manifested physically as EM fields, picked up as “brain waves”.
QUANTUM BRAIN DYNAMICS (QBD)
The human brain is comprised of 70% water. The QBD theory proposes that the water molecule dipoles constitute a quantum field, referred to as the cortical field. In the 1960’s, two physicists, Hiroomi Umezawa and Herbert Fröhlich, did substantial research and composed a published thesis on the notion of QBD. This theory compliments the CEMI theory as conceived by McFadden and Pocket. The thought that the cortical field governs brain dynamics suggests that the energy between the cortical field and the biomolecular EM waves from the neural network produce consciousness.
The notion that the consciousness is governed, stored, and maintained in an electromagnetic field as generated and fed back to our neurons poses explanation to age old questions pertaining to the structure of thought itself. One such question is regarding the capability of conceiving thousands of details regarding a singular topic upon the mere mention of said topic. This is, based on CEMI and QBD, because the electromagnetic field around our neurons is storing the data concurrent with our beliefs and experiences, helping to define our consciousness and persona. It makes sense considering the proven reaction between the chemicals and electrical reactions happening across our brain, in conjunction with the developed fields which are associated with sections, and the “slices” of our brain which are known to manage different aspects of our thought process.
For a very long time, we have all wondered – what are we, what is this form of consciousness, and how can our conscious mind maintain stability through our lives? Is consciousness granted by a higher power? And as a question posed by many science fiction authors, including the creator of Star Trek, would a synthetic life form have its own consciousness, thoughts, and feelings? The aforementioned theories suggest that they, in spite of origin, would support consciousness. In order for artificial intelligence to be able to exist, at the very least, the pattern recognition capability that CEMI offers would be necessary. Branching out further, yet, would it not pertain to other life forms which operate based on firing neurons? Our pets, our wild animals in the forest and ocean, and, maybe even our plants? How far does the influence of this recent theorizing bring our understanding of consciousness?