PREVIOUSLY ON HDLSOE: PART 20, We saw how communication evolved with time. If you haven’t read that article yet. Don’t forget to visit and read it first. Today, we are going to see does consciousness exists without brain? Guys, in Neuroscience the prevailing consensus is that consciousness is an emergent property of the brain and its metabolism. i.e. When the brain dies, the mind and consciousness of the being to whom that brain belonged ceases to exist. In other words, without a brain there can be no consciousness. But what if i say, consciousness persists after death.
Yeah, it exists independently and outside of the brain as an inherent property of the universe itself like dark matter and dark energy or gravity. Thus, the brain does not create or produce consciousness; rather, it filters it. You might be thinking, I may have gone mad.. But as odd as this idea might seem at first, there are some analogies that bring this concept into sharper focus.
Let’s take an example the eye filters and interprets only a very small sliver of the electromagnetic spectrum and the ear registers only a narrow range of sonic frequencies. Similarly, the brain filters and perceives only a tiny part of the cosmos’ intrinsic ‘consciousness.” Indeed, the eye can see only the wavelengths of electromagnetic energy that correspond to visible light.
But the entire EM spectrum is vast and extends from extremely low energy, long wavelength radio waves to incredibly energetic, ultrashort-wavelength gamma rays. So, while we can’t actually “see” much of the EM spectrum, we know things like X-rays, IR exists because we have instruments for detecting them.
Similarly, our ears can register only a narrow range of sonic frequencies but we know a huge amount of others imperceptible to the human ear exist nevertheless.
When the eye dies, the EM spectrum does not vanish or cease to be; it’s just that the eye is no longer viable and therefore can no longer filter, be stimulated by, and react to light energy. But the energy it previously interacted with remains nonetheless. And so too when the ear dies, or stops transducing the sound waves, energies that the living ear normally respond to still exist.
So it is with consciousness. Just because the organ that filters, perceives, and interprets it dies does not mean the phenomenon itself ceases to exist. It only ceases to be in the now-dead brain but continues to exist independently of the brain as an external property of the universe itself. Guys, our consciousness tricks us into perceiving a false duality of self and other when in fact there is only unity.
We are not special, we are not separate from other aspects of the universe but an integral and inextricable part of them. And when we die, we transcend the human experience of consciousness, and its illusion of duality, and merge with the universe’s entire and unified property of consciousness. So, ironically, only in death can we be fully conscious.
But yes, don’t take this as joining God or a creator because the cosmic consciousness that I am talking about did not create the universe but is simply a “property” of it. So, friends for now we have to stop here.. But i will be back with LAST AND FINAL episodic part of HDLSOE very soon..
Reference: Peter Fenwick, Elizabeth Fenwick, “The Art of Dying”, Bloomsbury Academic, 2008 ISBN 0826499236, 9780826499233 Length 264 pages. https://books.google.co.in/books/about/The_Art_of_Dying.html?id=5LDkJwAACAAJ&source=kp_book_description&redir_esc=y
About the author
Dr Peter Fenwick is an internationally renowned neuropsychiatrist and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is Britain’s leading clinical authority on near-death experiences and is president of the British branch of The International Association for Near-Death Studies. He also holds appointments at the Maudsley Hospital, the John Radcliffe Hospital, and the Broadmoor Special Hospital for Violent Offenders.
Elizabeth Fenwick has written a number of books on health and family issues. She has produced books on pregnancy and child care, worked as an agony aunt advising on sexual problems on radio and in Company magazine and has been involved in sex education in two London schools. She also worked for three years as a counsellor for Childline.
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