Article published in:The Physical Nature of Consciousness
Edited by Philip Van Loocke
[Advances in Consciousness Research 29] 2001
► pp. 117–144
It is conjectured that each organism, like a Leibnizian monad, re-presents the universe, and the universe reflects, in some manner, the organism that observes it. The perceptions of an organism cannot be understood without an understanding of the nature of the physical universe and the nature of the physical universe cannot be understood without an understanding of the perceptual process. The Leibnizian position gets significantly reinforced by quantum theory, but remarkably in a way in which the space–time and spectral perspectives get reconciled and appear to be no more divisive than the two faces of the same coin. This occurs via Planck’s constant h, which opens up a bridge between space–time locatable concepts such as mass and undulatory concepts such as energy measured as frequency, wavelength, amplitude and phase. On the basis of such reasoning, the brain is seen to be the medium for transformations into and out of a potential distributed energetic and an experienced spacetime order.
Published online: 12 April 2001