My Double Unveiled

The dissipative quantum model of brain

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This introduction to the dissipative quantum model of brain and to its possible implications for consciousness studies is addressed to a broad interdisciplinary audience. Memory and consciousness are approached from the physicist point of view focusing on the basic observation that the brain is an open system continuously interacting with its environment. The unavoidable dissipative character of the brain functioning turns out to be the root of the brain’s large memory capacity and of other memory features such as memory association, memory confusion, duration of memory. The openness of the brain implies a formal picture of the world which is modeled on the same brain image: a sort of brain copy or “Double”, where world objectiveness and the brain implicit subjectivity are conjugated. Consciousness is seen to arise from the permanent “dialogue” of the brain with its Double.
The author’s narration of his (re-)search gives a cross-over of the physics of elementary particles and condensed matter, and the brain’s basic dynamics. This dynamic interplay makes for a “satisfying feeling of the unity of knowledge”. (Series A)
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 32]  2001.  xvi, 163 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Foreword
xi–xv
Acknowledgments
xvii–xviii
Structure and function
1–20
Macroscopic variables and microscopic dynamics
21–40
The living phase of matter
41–65
The quantum model of brain
67–86
Quantum brain dynamics
87–102
Dissipation and memory
103–122
Dissipation and consciousness
123–145
References
147–158
Subject index
159–161
“Prof. Vitiello proposes a highly original theory of memory and consciousness based in theory of dissipative quantum brain dynamics. His writings provide a fundamental advance in the quantum theory of brain functioning, and astonishingly in the present book, without requiring any technical mathematics”
“…. the clearest exposition of the theory of brain functions, based on the highly abstract and mathematical theory of Quantum Field. Professor Vitiello successfully carries out this difficult task without a single equation”
“...a very lucid presentation of a far reaching model for the brain functions, based on the theory of dissipative quantum processes. It is addressed to a general public, so that the main stress is on the basic concepts, without the exploitation of any explicit mathematical formalism. This has been quite a difficult enterprise, but the author succeeded very well to convey the essential physical features participating to the model, in a way which is very clear and very deep. It is worth saying that the book will also be well appreciated by physicist, and specialized people, for its clean conceptual presentation, and the availability of the mathematical formalism in the published scientific literature.
I think that the most important aspect of the book is to encourage the various scientific communities, as for example in Physics, Biology, Neurophysiology, Psychology, to reinforce a fruitful dialogue, based on the peculiar aspects of the various disciplines, and the comparison of different formulations of analogous concepts. I also think that the young people can usefully benefit by reading this book, and meditating on the main issues. In particular, they will learn the beauty of working at the frontiers of knowledge, in a very important interdisciplinary field. In conclusion, this book will be a very enjoyable and stimulating experience for a very large community of potential readers.”
“...the most important aspect of the book is to encourage the various scientific communities, as for example in Physics, Biology, Neurophysiology, Psychology, to reinforce a fruitful dialogue, based on the peculiar aspects of the various disciplines, and the comparison of different formulations of analogous concepts. I also think that the young people can usefully benefit by reading this book, and meditating on the main issues. In particular, they will learn the beauty of working at the frontiers of knowledge, in a very important interdisciplinary field. In conclusion, this book will be a very enjoyable and stimulating experience for a very large community of potential readers.”
“[...] a wellspring of superbly reasoned yet daring enlightenment from which human sciences of the coming century will surely profit.”
“[...] Vitiello makes arguable the most compelling and, in terms of physics, most grounded case for the possibly quantum nature of the brain's physics, a case supported by half a century of previous theoretical and experimental work in several fields. Indeed, beyond explaining Vitiello's own remarkable work, the book provides a fascinating insight to a set of brilliant and ambitious projects, whose scientific significance is unquestionable, regardless of the ultimate outcome of the overall endeavour to establish a quantum theory of the brain and consciousness.”
“Vitiello's book is not only an excellent, easy-to-read, overview and high-level scholarly dissertation on the subject of consciousness approached from an advanced theoretical physical point of view, but also an intense, continuous, fantastic lesson of Systemics.”
“[...] summarizes and then greatly extends the nascent quantum neurodynamic viewpoint with poetic eloquence and deep rigor. Vitiello's new volume is a wellspring of superbly reasoned yet daring enlightenment from which human sciences of the coming century will surely profit.”
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