Where is Consciousness seated?
Science knows: consciousness is in the brain, emotions are in the brain, memory is in the brain. Where else? With modern color MRI examinations we have drawn maps of the brain. The neuro-scientists conclude analogies from experiments, where subjects are shown images or make decisions or think certain thoughts, and simultaneously the brain is explored by MRI, to find where exactly the brain is now working. Through color imaging, the change in blood flow in the brain is shown, and where blood flows, so the brain is probably even just consuming oxygen and is working. And because that is so beautifully visual, the brain researchers say: these neurons here are just “firing”. It works just fine, the only surprising thing is that the work in the brain sometimes starts up to 10 seconds before the subject thinks, as if the brain were ahead of our time.
But now there are the cases where clinically dead people receive information, process it, and store it in their memory, this is at a time when the brain is out of action and thus can not “fire”. And some of these cases provide verifiable observations and information that turns out to be correct. This is in contradiction to the common concept of brain function. The recording and processing of information and storage in memory obviously works quite well without a brain! One has to conclude that information processing and memory do function outside of the brain and even outside the body. Where should that be? The body is clinically dead, so it remains only the soul not accessible to our research.
Who says that humans have to work just like a desktop computer from 1997, with a data storage in the form of a hard drive? Man is more modern than we believed and works like a tablet or netbook from the year 2017, in which the data is stored in a virtual CLOUD!
Our Memory according to the current State of Neuroscience
What does neuroscience know about our brain? According to current research, the sensory impressions of what we experience every day are collected in the hypocampus. This is a doubly applied oblong nucleus of gray matter (tightly packed with neurons) at the bottom of the brain. It forms the short-term memory. We can keep in mind a picture that we have seen for a certain time. This can take minutes, hours or 3 days. Children can obviously keep such impressions longer than adults. It is believed that the short-term memory works as long as that. After that, usually during sleep, the most important parts of the sensory impressions are evaluated, combined with emotions (pleasant or unpleasant) and stored in long-term memory. Most of the details are forgotten. The long-term memory is probably in the cerebral cortex, possibly in several places. The hippocampus is also responsible for remembering something, that is to say it then retrieves the information from the long-term memory.
These are all conjectures that are inferred from which sites in the brain do “shine” at what time in the MRI. We do not really know how it works. The MRI has a resolution of about 1 mm, which means the smallest color pixel that the MRI can show is 1 mm³. However, in one cubic millimeter of the brain there are 40,000 nerve cells, each of which has up to 1 million axons and synapses, that is, information connections. When a “fire” lights up on the MRI, it means that somewhere there is energy being consumed. We do not know which cell consumes this energy, we do not know if the cell uses this energy to build up electronic impulses or alter any biological structures, we do not know if it sends an electrical impulse, we do not know how strong that impulse is or where it is directed. On the other hand, the EEG (electrical measurement on the head) only provides the brainwaves, which are electrical vibrations from the entire brain, and no one knows to what extent the individual cell is involved. If we wanted to explore the function of a computer that is foreign to us, then it would not be enough to simply measure the voltage and power consumption of the individual chips. But we do not know anything more than that about the brain.
The 2nd problem is the encoding. Our computer is coded binarily, we know the code because we (our computer scientists) invented and built it ourselves. 11110001001000000 is the number 123456, 1000001 is the letter “A”, certain sequences of zeros and ones represent a memory address or a particular computational command of the processor. It is assumed that brain information may not be binary but analog, but we do not know anything else. Are the codes electrical voltage states? Is it the arrangement of the axons? Is it the membrane thickness of the synapses? The hypothesis is that a memory is stored in a complex of neurons. Are acoustic impressions stored differently than visual ones? How are colors stored, how are feelings, how impressions of people? All this is beyond our scientific knowledge.
When you look into the cells and building materials of the human body, they are constantly renewed. Every cell, every molecule dies and is rebuilt. Within 2 weeks, the brain is completely renewed, no atom is the same as before. Did you want to have a computer that rebuilts itself every two weeks? How can we then remember things that go back decades?
The structure of the brain is plastic, that is, it is constantly reshaping new. This can be seen in injury and loss of body parts: After an amputation of the right leg the leg will disappear both in the center of movement and in the center of perception of the brain, this part of the brain is then used by other parts of the body, the brain is reprogramming itself. Even if a body part is temporarily paralyzed, such as through a cast, then its brain area decreases and is taken over by neighboring areas. If the cells in this area had stored any information, then it is certain that it has disappeared. After removal of the plaster cast and release of the body part the associated area reshapes in the old place over the course of days and weeks. But how does this part of the brain know what it was like before?
The Memory beyond
Somewhere in the otherworldly soul must be the memory and the consciousness. If you read a few dozen NDE reports, you get a rough idea of what’s different in the afterlife: there are many details in the life review, up to the flap of each fly that was present. Such things are not stored by our biological brain. The otherworldly storage of memories seems to be many times more precise. On the other hand, the life review is usually seen from an objective point of view, feelings are hardly available.
There are sometimes also memories of the soul of an earlier life in the beyond. Some near-death experiencers report encountering a person they do not know from life on earth, but they know they know that person and that he may have played a major personal role in the past. Of course, such a memory can not be stored in this world’s brain, as this brain did not even exist before the present life.
How does the biological Brain and the beyond Memory fit together?
Now, during the near-death experience, the soul can remember the previous earth life, not only during the life review, but also at other times. For example, many are faced with the decision and weigh up whether they should return to the 3D world, and think of the left behind, to spouses, children and other relatives. These are memories of the local world, according to the neuroscientific view stored in the long-term memory of the cerebral cortex, but retrieved at a time when the brain was temporarily dead, without brainwaves and without function.
Conversely, a near-death experiencer can, even after the otherworldly experience, after returning to his body, remember (sometimes only partially) his otherworldly experiences and report them. Most near-deaths can remember their experience very vividly and even after many years. During the otherworldly near-death experience, however, his biological senses did not work, there were no sensory impressions to the hypocampus, the hypocampus did not work because of cardiovascular arrest, so no short-term memory was generated that could have shaped a long-term memory.
So there has to be an otherworldly “thinking organ”, that brain then mediates between this thinking organ and the physical body. How are these two organs related? The brain waves from the EEG may play a role, but electromagnetic waves can not represent the information to the beyond, otherwise you would have long since been able to prove. But quantum physics shows with quantum teleportration a good way on how a connection between this world and beyond could work. From a physical point of view, it is not a problem for information to be in two places at the same time, namely here and beyond.
The Australian neuroscientist and Nobel laureate John Eccles (1903-1997) has developed a theory of how the soul communicates with the brain via quantum mechanics:
Karl Popper and John C. Eccles: The Self and Its Brain : An Argument for Interactionism, Taylor & Francis Ltd 1984
John C. Eccles, How the Self Controls its Brain, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1994
Why do we still need a brain?
Now we can say that we have our otherworldly mind, why do we need the brain? It is a fact that brain changes and injuries not only lead to body movement or exercise deficits, but also to mental changes. Frontal Brain Syndrome has been known since a spectacular explosive accident in 1848, and since then, many associations have been explored between changes in certain brain regions and changes in personality. This means that the human being is dependent on a healthy brain, so that the otherworldly thinking organ can correctly transmit its information to our body and express itself in our world of here and now.
Now do the following experiment: withdraw into yourself. Go into a quiet room, sit relaxed on a comfortable chair and close your eyes. Just watch yourself. Watch how you breathe. There are always thoughts going through your head, but try to focus only on your breath. You realize that you are there. You can observe how you listen to yourself and how you perceive your breath. That’s you. That’s the proof that you exist as a conscious person. By the way, it’s the only thing you can be completely sure of. Anything else could be a delusion of perception or an illusion, but you yourself are a fact. That is what the French philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650) meant by saying “I think, therefore I am”. That is the consciousness that makes us humans, that is our essence.
Could you now imagine that with this consciousness that you have of yourself, you are only the function of any nerve cells? Or that you are only the function of a certain brain area? I find that absurd, I feel that I am more! Could you imagine that there is a double of you with the same nerve cells and exactly the same function of exactly the same brain area, built atom by atom as well, but outside of you, and is that you or not?
In neuroscience, they have not found a brain area that is responsible for the consciousness. On the one hand, the theory was then put forward that consciousness is a complex superordinate function of the individual brain functions, so to speak a meta-level above. However, many neuroscientists today tend to believe that consciousness is not an illusion. The absurdity is: you want to explore the core of the human being and then say that the core – the consciousness – does not exist! But that’s only because our material methods in the brain have not found any traces of consciousness. It is like the centuries-old search for the “soul” that previously could not be proven with the methods of science.
Your consciousness has is seated in the beyond, in your otherworldly soul. And this soul is in your body and around your body, firmly attached to the body, at least as long as you live.
[translation revised 4-Sept-2019]