Going Gamma

That which experienced meditators have long understood as heightened awareness or transcendence is now the subject of a mathematical evaluation by University of Chicago mathematician Jack Cowan. The recently discovered gamma brain state — the most rapid in frequency of known brain states and one associated with intense focus, high-level information processing and precognition — can now be assessed using the mathematical tools physicists use to describe the behavior of subatomic particles.

“The resting state of brain activity seems to have a statistical structure that’s characteristic of a certain kind of phase transition,” Cowan said. “The brain likes to sit there because that’s the place where information processing is optimized.”

Cowan presented his findings on the physics of brain states at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science earlier today.

Brain Waves Pattern Themselves After Rhythms Of Nature – Newswise: The University of Chicago News Office

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~ by theobservereffect on February 16, 2008.

2 Responses to “Going Gamma”

  1. While we’re on the topic, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about artificial intelligence and thus, by extension, natural intelligence (see all my blog posts about Chinese rooms, reality, and quantum computers recently). Anyway, I have a hunch that natural intelligence (thus human thought) involves – rather requires – superposition states (for lack of a better term). In short, I have this feeling that true artificial intelligence will be contingent upon the development of quantum computing. But it’s just a hunch. 😕

  2. It’s a good hunch, Ian. And I have read your recent posts.

    What I find fascinating about the gamma brain state being compared physically to phase transition is that gamma seems to be the most effective brain state for yielding psychokinetic results in psi experiments. I just read Dean Radin’s latest paper, “Testing Nonlocal Observation as a Source of Intuitive Knowledge” and was rather blown away by the results.

    There’s an interesting tie-in to be made between Cowan’s and Radin’s work, if anyone is looking for it. 😉

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