ANS52(3-4)146-148 - ACTIVITAS NERVOSA SUPERIOR Activitas...

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Activitas Nervosa Superior 2010; 52 :3-4,146-148 146 O BJECTIVE S IGNS OF C ONSCIOUSNESS Stanislav Reinis* Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada Received September 7, 2010; accepted October 10, 2010 Abstract The human mind and consciousness under normal circumstances likely can be considered, as a unified phenomenon in- volving the whole brain or at least a major part of it. As suggested by some authors, the problem of consciousness cannot be solved without considering quantum mechanics. For this reason, I would like to draw on a general knowledge on quantum fields, if and how they function in the brain. What I would like to emphasize is proposal based on free electrons released during the electrophysiological events such as postsynaptic potentials, depolarization and hyperpolarization of the neuronal membrane and action potentials moving along the axons. The quantum systems form a quantum electron field in which the electrons are able to communicate one with another by means of the Pauli principle. This communica- tion may be a carrier of the subjective consciousness which integrates and unifies functions of various parts of the brain. The output of these processes arising from the neuronal activities in various parts of the cerebral cortex and other brain areas likely may produce the content of consciousness. Key words: Brain; Consciousness; Pauli principle; Quantum Physics INTRODUCTION In recent years, several papers describing various as- pects of quantum human consciousness were published (Penrose, 1994, Stapp, 2007, Reinis, 2008) suggesting that now is possible to develop a reasonable theory based on quantum relations in the brain. In short, it seems acceptable that any neuronal membrane activi- ties, pre- and postsynaptic potentials, nerve impulses and their propagation along the nerve fibers are accom- panied by a generation of quantum particles, mainly electrons, that are translocated throughout the brain and elsewhere and are responsible for mutual binding of the parts of the brain into a unified functional system (binding problem), for the creation of human mind and consciousness (mind/brain problem) and for the creation of EEG (Reinis, 2008; Stapp, 2007). An important ques- tion in this respect is the subjectivity of consciousness, STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM The hard problem of consciousness refers to the fact that the function of the brain considered to be a great information processor eventually may be explored and analyzed to the slightest detail, but we are still unable to explain even the most basic subjective sensations, such as those called qualia, feeling of colors, sounds and shapes. Subjective consciousness itself is sometimes characte- rized as our most elementary internal experience. Eve- rything in the universe was considered to be made up of atoms, molecules, photons, fields etc., but it seemed that the components of the mind and consciousness do not belong into any of these categories. It is believed that
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