Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The holonomic brain theory of Karl Pribram

A model of mental functioning in which, as in subatomic physics, the observer can not be considered independent of the object observed, was developed in the early '90s by Karl Pribram.
According to his theory, borrowed from the principles on which optical holography, the mind would experience image by a process involving the brain and its interaction with the environment to a level, in fact, penetrated.

The mathematics used by Dennis Gabor for the description of the hologram laser (Nobel prize in 1948), is based on equations calculation known as Fourier transforms. These are able to describe any optical image the same way as regular and periodic wave oscillations that differ only in frequency, phase and amplitude.

Pribram's theory, developed in collaboration with the same Gabor, is based on a mathematical description in terms of neuronal processes and interactions that can read the information then that would arise in the form of waves, and then convert them into patterns of interference and turn them into three-dimensional images.

As in the case of a piano, it follows that when we look at something in the world some portions of our brain "resonate" at certain frequencies, so the perception will happen by pressing specific keys, which in turn would stimulate the strings match. In this way we would not see the objects "as they are" (in accordance with what is revealed by the theory of general relativity), but only their quantum information.

This model also would realize the vastness of human memory, as holography has an extraordinary ability to store information by changing the angle at which two laser beams strike a photographic plate. This would solve the problem of localization of engrams highlighted by Karl Lashley, in that the brain may distribute the information over large areas in the conceptual shift from structures at frequencies, then store them without a specific "sites".

That the cells of the visual system of some animals are tuned to specific frequencies was demonstrated by the pair of De Valois and neurophysiologists Californians by Fergus Campbell, University of Cambridge.
Pribram tried the same thing in giving support to the idea that the motor cortex in the transmission of information happening in the language of waves and their configurations.

This model of brain function can also be traced to the notion of unbroken wholeness postulated by physicist David Bohm, who brought back the basic nature of every physical phenomenon to an implicate order, such order, consists of a set of field information, make the unthinkable Non-local ties between the subatomic particles such as extensions of the same fundamental "organism".

The same Bohm, Pribram, Geoffrey Chew and Henry Stapp, who joined forces in order to arrive at a mathematical description that reflects the unification of subatomic phenomena in physics is that of micro-processes in the brain.

A major contribution was offered by the Japanese physicist Kunio Yasue, which actually showed how dendritic networks operate through vibrational fields that behave in accord with the observed properties in the quantum world.

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