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Mind and consciousness is physics

Nonphysical phenomena like mind, thoughts, consciousness and also dark matter, dark energy and entanglement, are explained by normal physical theories. A materialistic view is extended to include nonphysical substances.

A doctoral thesis with title "Mind and Matter in a Single Cosmic Model" is based on the articles at the end of this page and the book. It was accepted for evaluation by the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo (April 2016). After 8 months of hesitance and deliberation, the thesis was returned with this letter (signed original in Norwegian) stating that the thesis did not  fit the scientific criteria used and that they did not have the proper expertise for the evaluation.

A new understanding of the mind and the consciousness is explained below. After that a model of a cosmos that includes the physical universe, mind, consciousness, dark matter and dark energy is presented. The model conforms to the string theory of particle physics. Explanation below is a short version made for the general public. At the end, you may download peer-reviewed and published articles with deeper explanations and references.

The theory below seems to be the only complete theory of consciousness and cosmos today. There are other proposals to what can make conscious experiences. They are all based on physical matter alone. A substantial part of scientific researchers claim that physical matter alone can never explain consciousness, which is our innermost observer that experience colours, thoughts and emotions. The model below is the only one that extends physics into nonphysical substances where such a consciousness can exist. The model is supported by direct experience and it is supported by mathematics of the string theory. It should give a high probability that it is close to the reality and a final solution. Why academia is so reluctant to address this possibility is a mystery comparable to the problem of understanding consciousness. Some scientists have explanations, but the problem is mostly ignored as nonexistent.

 

The mind

Close your eyes, and you look into the mind. It takes a while to get aware of what is there. Thoughts, fantasies, dreams, stress, inner images, imaginations and emotions are content of the mind that our inner observer can observe (see, feel, know the content of). The inner observer, also called ‘consciousness’ is a separate entity from the mind and can observe content of the mind using inner senses. Our inner observer can also influence the content of the mind by using free will and inner means of interaction. E. g. we can create or enable certain fantasies and suppress other stuff. According to this proposal, all stuff of the mind is based on nonphysical matter which is different from physical matter, but it is made of the same basic kind of energy and follow laws of behaviour such as physical matter does. Physics (string theory) has the potential to give the mathematical description of all nonphysical particles and forces and it has already given the laws of interaction between physical and nonphysical matter particles, and it can potentially explain how the physical brain interacts with the nonphysical content of the mind and the consciousness.

Attention is a tool used by the consciousness. It is used to focus on one single item - ‘the target of the attention‘ and shut out information from the rest of the cosmos. You can direct the target freely in the outer and the inner worlds. Our inner observer can also stay at or observe from different locations called ‘the seat of the attention’. It is normally in the head. For small children it is in the belly. For out-of-body experiences, the seat of the attention is often near the ceiling of the room and the observer is looking at the situation from above. When awake, the seat of the attention is in the physical universe and the observer has a rational frame-of-understanding. When dreaming, the seat of the attention has spontaneously fallen into the mind and the observer has a magico-metaphysical frame-of-understanding.  This part of the mind, which contains dreams and fantasies, can be seen as a nonphysical universe being parallel to the physical universe. It is called the ‘psychological universe’. Our inner observer has a frame-of-understanding which is in accordance with the environment of the seat. When the seat of the attention leaves the physical universe and enters the psychological universe, the observed world has also changed and the observer has a different frame-of-understanding.

The mind has a second parallel universe called the ‘intuitive universe’. Our attention comes close to this in situations such as in front of a fireplace, hiking in the mountains, sailing at sea or practicing meditation. We can feel a calm presence with no content and the sense of time is withering. Intuitive thoughts from the intuitive universe are difficult to catch, not because they are unconscious, but because they are of a different kind than the rational or magic thoughts we know. They are like unrealised ideas and have a certain kind of quality that we can sense. They are non-phenomenal like empty space, - but any phenomenon need a space to be realized in, and it is born from an intuitive thought. "Flow" is an expression for a state where an intuitive thought is allowed to manifest through our activity in spoken or written words, art or any kind of play or work. The quality of the intuitive thought is manifested through our actions in the physical and psychological universes.

We experience the frame-of-understanding for the intuitive universe when we are in deep sleep. We are not usually able to be self conscious in this state, but it is possible. A self conscious deep sleep is called ‘yoga nidra’. Intuitive thoughts have no phenomenal content but they have a lot of information, - very complex information that can be understood and expressed in several ways, depending on the competence of the receiver.

We have a physical body in the physical universe. We have a psyche in the psychological universe. We have a Self (our deepest identity), personality traits and self-images in the intuitive universe. These entities of the intuitive universe help us understand what we observe in the outer and inner worlds. Structures, meanings and objects are made based on our earlier experiences. These structures or objects are simple enough for us to grasp in a rational frame-of-understanding. They are individual and incomplete and therefore enables different views and discussions.

Neurologists never found how memories and character traits are stored. From this model it is obvious that the storage medium is found in the parallel universes.

Free will. Measurements have shown nervous signals appearing in preparation of a movement, signals can show up even before we are consciously aware of our decision to move. This has caused scientists to doubt the existence of free will. Unconscious activity can explain the measurements. Unconscious parts of the psyche should be regarded as an integral part of ourselves, which makes will a little complicated. It is however possible to differentiate between 3 different wills, one for each of the universes defined. With the rational will, you can take a decision to stop smoking. The emotional will that represents feelings and the bodily needs can make you light a new cigarette. The intuitive will is formed by the content of the intuitive universe. For some it is experienced as a calling or a deep existential urge. All three wills influence the consciousness which is the real actor.

The scope of the attention and the speed of time. We know that attention can be moved freely around and it is locked to the steady flow of time. There is also another way of altering the attention, - by changing the scope. You can concentrate on a nail, then widen the scope to include the hammer banging the nail, then extend the scope to your hand and body holding the hammer and the nail. Ultimately the whole cosmos can be included to the scope. The degrees of freedom for the attention can be regarded as cosmic dimensions. Each universe has three spatial dimensions, plus time and scope gives a total of eleven dimensions.

The scope is an important ingredient of any meditation technique. You can concentrate on a certain object or you can have a wide scope and let anything pass freely through your awareness while doing a simple task. Experienced time is slowing down when performing concentrative meditation techniques. Experienced time is speeding up when performing techniques with an open scope. This means that the speed of time and the scope of attention is connected in some way. This cosmic dimension, called speed-of-time, is very important for understanding the completeness of the cosmos as explained below.

 

The consciousness

E=mc2 is the famous equation associated to Albert Einstein. The equation says that matter is a form of energy, - a lot of energy. Later, another quadratic equation simplified to E2=m2c4 was developed based on quantum mechanics. It says that negative energy must exist (not ‘bad’ energy but ‘opposite’ energy). Physicists associated negative energy to negative matter that has never been found, so they concluded that negative energy does not exist in the real world. Mathematician Luigi Fantappiè made some calculations and found that negative energy has qualities that is characteristic for ‘life’. Negative energy creates order with time such as all life forms do, and something happening now is caused by something in the future. Everything we do is motivated by a desired future state. When you are thirsty, you find a glass, fill it with water and lift it to the mouth. The future state (of not being thirsty) is the reason for what we do to arrive at that state. Those qualities are specific for consciousness, which means that if consciousness is based on a substans, it must have negative energy. Negative energy does not need to be associated to negative matter. If it is in a parallel universe with different dimensions from the universes having positive energy, then the requirements for the mathematics is satisfied. This means that consciousness could be found in a parallel universe which is different from the universes we have described earlier.

Consciousness can be seen as a vast sea of some stuff. A limited part of this sea, such as a helix, can be identified with a certain being. Identification is probably a basic cosmic force that acts between negative and positive energy, - between consciousness and physical/nonphysical matter. Our consciousness is identified with the physical and nonphysical matter that we are made of. If you have observed water in a river or a tidal stream, you know that small helixes can be within bigger helixes that can be within even bigger helixes. This is how we see physical life and even psychologies. Cells are part of organs are part of bodies are part of globes etc. Individuals are part of families are part of communities are part of nations etc. We are made of the same stuff and identified with several entities at the same time, and identification can change slowly over time. To act in coherence with a higher unity or on behalf of the total cosmos, is a real challenge and growth potential for all of us.

 

String theory

The smallest bits of matter and force, much smaller than atoms,  are called elementary particles. Physicists use mathematical equations to describe them and how they interact. String theory is such a theory of particle physics. Elementary particles are assumed to be vibrating strings. Different vibrational patterns make different particles. All known elementary particles are described in string theory. Open strings must have ends attached to something called a ‘brane’ so that open strings in different branes cannot interact by collision, which is a short joining of ends. Closed strings can however interact between branes, but the interactions are much weaker than collisions with joining ends. Gravity is the only elementary particle that is found to be a closed string. Physicists have assumed the universe to be a brane. If parallel universes exist, matter in other branes will interact only with gravity. We cannot see or feel the matter in those universes except for the influence of gravity, which is seen only on a grand cosmic scale because gravity is so weak but far reaching.

String theory requires at least 9 different spatial dimensions in order to work. This makes a good match to a cosmos that includes three parallel universes/branes such as explained above. Three parallel spaces make up nine dimensions. Time is the tenth dimension. String theory also requires an eleventh dimension named ‘coupling strength’. The scope of attention can be seen as this dimension since it is a coupling strength between consciousness and matter. A narrow scope makes a strong coupling while a wide scope makes weak coupling.

Since string scientists did not find more than 4 dimensions in the universe, they have assumed the extra dimensions of the string theory to be curled up and compactified to such a small size that their influence cannot be measured. The cosmos containing parallel universes such as proposed above is the first suggestion of a cosmos that contains nonphysical substances and satisfies the string theory without curling up the dimensions.

Symmetry breaking is part of the string theory. It says that a long time ago at much, much higher temperatures, the elementary particles were much more complex than the particles we find today. As the universe expanded and cooled, the particles could not stay together anymore and they broke apart into two or three pieces which are the particles we see today. Physicists have not found the particles that must have been connected to the known particles to make a mother particle. They might be in the psychological and intuitive universe.

Dark matter and dark energy are proposed by physicists to explain measurements. Dark matter  could influence physical matter such as stars, galaxies and light in our physical universe and dark energy could make the universe expand faster and faster. No physical matter is found that could make these influences. Dark matter and dark energy make up 95% of everything, but physicists cannot say what this major part of the world is. The influence from the dark objects is only using the gravity force that can act from one brane/universe to another. Dark matter could be matter in the psychological universe and dark energy could be influence from the content of the intuitive universe.


A cosmic model

 

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A singularity is a point you never can reach, but you can come as close as you wish. You can approach the seed point singularity both going eternally backwards in time and going eternally forwards in time. The seed point contains pure positive energy and pure negative energy, being kept together by the identification force. We can view the seed point as a cosmic being, that is aware of all time and all space simultaneously. It can be made up of smaller beings like a body is made up of cells.

From modern cosmology we know that the universe is expanding eternally from a small point. At a certain time, the cosmos had expanded and cooled so much that the positive energy particles could not stay together anymore. This event, called the Big Bang, caused positive energy to separate into a physical universe, a psychological universe and an intuitive universe. As consciousness is identified with the positive energy, it must have been separated into identities in the same way as the positive energy became more lumpy. Everything must have been conscious in some way, but it is difficult to imagine how this consciousness was/is thinking and feeling. Expansion over time must have created new kinds of stuff and objects. After Big Bang we got stars and galaxies, and even biological beings that are incredible complex. The mental development of humankind seems to mimic the expansion of the cosmos. The seat of the attention going from an egocentric identification to a wider more altruistic identification. From past eternity to future eternity this development goes from an identification on particle level to an identification with the total cosmos as a unity. The difference between these two states could be only a flip of the attention that happens in the seed point when going from  future eternity with a total unitarian view of cosmos, being a single identity, to the past eternity with a splintered identity divided to the smallest pieces. Biological beings are obviously one expression of consciousness somewhere in the middle.



Download documentation

First part of the thesis
Introduction and overview (updated February 2017)

About dark matter and dark energy 
Modelling the dark universes
Peer reviewed and published in: Journal For Foundations and Applications of Physics Vol 2, no 2,  October 4th 2015

About consciousness and negative energy  
Negative energy explained by an imaginary speed of light.
Peer reviewed and published in Physics Essays Vol 28, no 1, March 2015

A new paradigm? 
Roadmap to a Cosmic Model that Supports Nonphysical and Nonlocal  Phenomena
Peer reviewed and published in Journal For Foundations and Applications of Physics Vol 2, no 1, April 5th 2015
                             
Sociological and technical aspects for including mind and nonphysical phenomena to physics 
How Physics Could Explain the Mind
Peer reviewed and published in Physics Essays Vol 26,1 p7-14: March 2013



Other presentations

1st international Congress on Consciousness, Portugal, May 22nd 2015
Consciousness and Cosmos: Proposal for a New Paradigm based on Physics and Introspection

World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE), Viterbo Italy, August 6th 2013
1st international conference on  'Life Energy, Syntropy and Resonance': 
Document: String theory with a New Interpretation Can Model the Mind 

TV-talkshow "Trygdekontoret". Explanation on how string theory can define a universe of spirits. 2013, Jan 28th 
 (last 10 minutes of 40) English translation by Savant Man Shresta   Norsk tekst av innslaget

Article in Morgenbladet, a main newspaper in Norway:  
 
Åndenes avmakt Nov 22nd 2012
Last ned 
gratis versjon av hele artikkelen  English translation: Powerlessness of the spirits





 

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