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September 4, 2004

Bose-Einstein condensates

This is the 2nd time I've read about this in Zohar's Quantum Self. It's starting to sink in, although now I recognize it as only one of those nine currently existing ways of interpreting the connection between these states of quantum unity. "The crucial distinguishing feature of Bose-Einstein condensates is that the many parts that go to make up an ordered system not only behave as a whole, they become whole; their identities merge or overlap in such a way that they lose their individuality entirely" (p. 83, italics in original).

"A quantum physicist would say...

"...that the wave functions of the previously individual bits have overlapped - they've become indeterminate in their spatial location so that each one spreads itself all over the whole..." (p. 84).

The specific kind of B-E condensate that occurs in biological systems is a Frolich system. (I can't seem to locate a good link, poo!) There is (according to Zohar) "abundant proof" of these in "biological tissue" (85) and she's off to make the case that this is a way of understanding the unity of consciousness as a coherent state of wholeness in which disparate parts all fall into alignment with each other, overlapping and becoming essentially one continuous 'thing.'

Zohar states unequivocally: "I think that the same Bose-Einstein condensation among neuron constitutuents is what distinguishes the conscious from the nonconscious. I think it is the physical basis of consciousness" (85).

My speculations have to do with this being a feature of what happens to a group during a PM - when "the nonlocal correlation effects [the PM]...exist between particles [people] apparently separated in space and time..." (p. 78).

I haven't yet read Zohar's thoughts on the "containedness" of consciousness, but this piece on the mind-body problem frames it well with reference to several notable thinkers and scientists: "it is not possible at this stage to shut the possibility that, as Nobel Laureate Neurobiologist Sir John Eccles points out, the scope of consciousness may not remain limited within the confines of the human skull."

Posted by Steph at September 4, 2004 8:58 AM

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