IS YOUR BRAIN REALLY NECESSARY? CONSCIOUSNESS OR THE SOUL? After performing more than 600 scans on hydro-cephalic patients, British neurologist John Lorber put forward the provocative question, ‘‘Is your brain really necessary?’’ (Lewin, 1980; Lorber, 1983). He found that about 30 individuals had a global IQ greater than 100 – despite cerebrospinal fluid instead of brain tissue filling 95% or more of their crania. Lorber loved citing the story of a student of mathematics whose global IQ was 126, his verbal IQ even reaching 143. In his case,‘‘instead of the normal 4.5 centimeter thickness of brain tissue between the ventricles and the cortical surface, there was just a thin layer of mantle measuring a millimeter or so. … The boy has virtually no brain’’ (Lorber in Lewin, 1980, p.1232).
(From Micheal Nahm PhD) Obviously, if highly compromised or the lack of enough brain was producing intellegent thoughts as if there was a normal functioning brain, where were the intelligent thoughts coming from? A definition of consciousness postulates that it is the awareness of one’s own existence and thoughts having the ability to feel and experience. It is a state of wakefulness that has a sense of self-hood and executive control of the brain. In other words consciousness is what makes you, you. The materialistic view of consciousness has been in cresecendo since the Renaissance. Rene Descartes, the French thinker and phiosopher famously said, “I think; therefore, I am.” (Cogito ergo sum). Descartes based his idea on the conviction that consciousness arises from the human brain: because we can think, meaning because we (humans) are aware that we are alive and can use reason, so we exist. The implication is that animals and things in the universe cannot think or reason; therefore, they do not have consciousness.
In the Descartian view, consciousness is a separate “cognition” that arises from the fact of being human. In this view, the limitof our “being” is our skin, so in the Descartian/materialist view, since consciousness arises from the brain, once the brain dies, so does consciousness. Materialism was stymied when it came to consciousness because of the impossibility of measuring what Newtonian scientists considered ethereal-no solid matter that could be measured, so they left consciousness alone, and let mediums, and to some degree, psychologists to deal with it. Then, there comes the quantum, and as it turned out, matter is not so solid anymore. Its components instead are now considered part of the universal fabric of entangled particles. Not only that, but science came upon a very earth-shaking realization: that at the sub-atomic level the consciousness of the observer is intrically connected to everything s/he observes. The act of observation not only “disturrupts what is to be observed or measured, it produces it.” (Ernst Pascual Jordan-(mathematical physicist-Spain).
Dr. Eben Alexander (Neurologist and author) quotes theoretical phycisist Eugene Wigner, “It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics without reference to consciousness.” The relevancy and importance of consciousness as separate from the brain rose to the fore among the most curious scientists and has been gaining ground since the early 60’s. But the idea that consciousness is not a product of the brain has been around for a while among scientists. Max Plank (1858-1947), one of the progenitors (don’t want to use the word “fathers”-too sexist) of quantum physics and Nobel Prize Laureate for Physics, went even farther. He believed that the material world was dependent on ethereal consciousness! “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consiousness. We cannot get behind consiousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”
All these opinions and scientific mental gyrations are okay if one’s objective is to convince or at least create cognitive doubts in non-believers or agnostics, but there is another way of presenting this subject usig the “language” of the realm from whence consciousness come from whether one calls it the quantum field, an alternate universe/reality, the world of spirits or the dwelling of God.
Consciousness in the Quantum In the same way that every physical system is governed by quantum physical laws, the brain is certainly governed by them as well, and consciousness – which is clearly in some way related to the functioning of the brain – must therefore be related to the quantum physical processes going on within the brain and also outside of it due to particle entanglement. If this is so, can consciousness retain its uniqueness after death? The possible answers lie in the extensive research now being done on near-death experiences (NDE’s) that will be reviewed later. – Guest Author Juan C. Perez
Guest Author: Juan C. Perez is a retired psycholinguist. He has worked at the University of Houston, Miami Dade College and other institutions of higher learning in Texas and Florida. Prof. Perez, a former Baptist minister, has traveled the world extensively, has written successful grants, and initiated international programs in several parts of the world. During his travels and stays abroad, he developed a keen interest in comparative religion and later on in the scientific trend towards spirituality.
To see more stories by our Guest Author please click on the title:
Part I: Stephen Hawking Admits There May Be A God Explaining “The God-like force” Hawking discusses
Part II: Scientists Vs. Prayer Do They Have One? If Science is beginning to validate prayer or not.
Part III: Is Your Brain Really Necessary?! The boy without a brain.
Part IV: The Heavens and Astrophysics Alternative universe and multiverse helps explain the Heavens
(Feature Photo credit to Quartz Neuroscientists say multitasking literally drains the energy reserves of your brain)