Exploring the Mind of Man:
The Human Brain
by Chuck Missler
In our previous series of articles, we explored the remarkable codes of life-our DNA. As we explore the incredible codes and designs underlying our physiological systems, none are more staggering and mysterious than those of the human brain. It has been estimated that the brain is composed of 1010 nerve cells, each with 104 - 105 connecting fibers, thus approaching 1015 separate connections.
How can we grasp this complexity? In order to imagine a 1015 equivalent, try to imagine a forest half the size of the United States-about 1 million square miles. Assume there were 10,000 trees per square mile, each with 100,000 leaves on each tree. That's a bunch. That's 1015 leaves.
The interconnections possible are beyond imagining. The human brain's network is a highly organized network of uniquely adaptive communication channels.
If only 1% of the connections were specifically organized pathways, it would still represent a greater number of connections than the entire communications network on the Planet Earth!
It has been generally believed that memories are localized in the brain. The research conducted by Canadian neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield in the 1920s had offered convincing evidence that specific memories did have specific locations in the brain. In his book, The Mystery of the Mind, published just before his death, he concluded that everything we have ever experienced is recorded in our brain, a sequential record of consciousness that was spatially recorded.1
However, Karl Pribram, a neurophysiologist at Stanford University and author of the classic neuropsychological textbook Languages of the Brain, became convinced that this model was inadequate because of the failure of standard theories of the brain to explain various neurophysiological puzzles.
He discovered that removal of parts of the brain didn't eradicate memories. He came to believe that memories were not localized at specific brain sites, but were somehow spread out or distributed throughout the brain as a whole.
Indiana University biologist Paul Pietsch set out to disprove Pribram's theories. In a series of over 700 operations on salamanders, however, he discovered that their learned behavior was not affected by repositioning, reversing, or even shuffling the brain. After recovering from the operation, their behavior returned to normal.2
In an earlier article (Personal UPDATE, 8/98) we encountered a holographic model proposed by David Bohm to explain the strange discoveries of quantum physics. A hologram is a form of recording an image in which every piece of information is distributed throughout the media. He recognized that the properties of a holographic model could escape the restrictions of locality.
In the movie, Star Wars, Luke Skywalker's adventure begins when a beam of light shoots out of the robot R2D2 ("Artoo Detoo") and projects a miniature three-dimensional image of Princess Leia. Luke watches spellbound as the ghostly sculpture of light begs for someone named Obi-wan Kenobi to come to her assistance. The image was a hologram, a 3-D picture made with the aid of a laser.
The Department of Defense had a program to develop "Non-Lethal Weapons" which included projection holography. This program went "black" (deeply classified) in 1994. Some suspect that the sighting of a giant V-shaped UFO over major parts of Arizona on March 13, 1997, may well have been a covert military test of projection holography.3
The Nature of a Hologram
A hologram is a form of lensless photography. A laser can be positioned to simultaneously illuminate an object and a piece of film. The film then records the interference between the light waves hitting it directly and the light waves reflected from the object. It is, in effect, a frequency record rather than a spatial image.
When processed, the result, known as a hologram, looks like a nondescript, cloudy piece of film. When examined under normal (non-coherent) light, it looks like a darkroom mistake.
However, when the hologram is illuminated with a laser, the result is astonishing: it appears as a window into the three-dimensional space containing the image of the original object! As one moves their eye, one can see around corners, etc. (The hologram is a Fourier transform of the image space: It is a recording of the frequency information rather than the space-time information recorded by conventional photographic techniques.)
The hologram exhibits some very profound properties beyond the three-dimensionality of the image. In fact, it is one of the most profound means to distribute information throughout a given media. All of the information it contains is distributed over the entire image surface. One can remove a portion of the hologram without losing the image! Drill a hole in the hologram, and one can still view the entire object by simply moving one's eye to a more convenient angle. (Some resolution, or sharpness, will be lost however.) Cut the film into pieces, and each piece contains the complete image.4
When Pribram discovered holography, he was ecstatic. If it was possible for every portion of a piece of holographic film to contain all the information necessary to create a whole image, then it seemed equally possible for every part of the brain to contain all of the information necessary to recall an entire memory!
The holographic paradigm also explains how our brains can store so many memories in so little space. The brilliant physicist and mathematician, John von Neumann, once calculated that over the course of the average human lifetime, the brain stores something on the order of 2.8 x 1020 bits of information.
(Applying the traditional estimate of the age of the universe as about 10 billion years, that's 1,000 bits for every second in the entire history of the universe!)
This is a staggering amount of information, and brain researchers have long struggled to come up with a mechanism that could explain such a vast capability.
In the field of neurophysiology, numerous studies have corroborated Pribram's various predictions about the holographic nature of memory and also of perception. There is also accumulating evidence that the brain processes images by some kind of internal hologram. Berkeley neurophysiologists Russell and Karen DeValois discovered that the visual cortex processed patterns by Fourier transformations of the patterns.
(Over a century before the DeValoises' discovery, the German physiologist and physicist Hermann von Helmholtz had shown that the ear was a frequency analyzer. More recent research has revealed that our sense of smell seems to be based on what are called osmic frequencies.)
And yet, the distributed nature of memory and vision is not the only neurophysiological puzzle the holographic model seems to explain.
The mysteries of pattern recognition, eidetic ("photographic") memories, transference of learned skills from one part of the body to another, the sensations in a phantom limb which had been previously amputated, all involve mysteries which seem to yield to the virtual imaging of a holographic model.
It is obvious that our feelings of love, hunger, anger, etc., are internal realities; the sound of an orchestra playing, the warmth of the sun, the smell of bread baking, etc., are external realities. But it is not clear how our brains enable us to distinguish between the two.
Creating illusions where they are not is the quintessential feature of a hologram. The hologram is a virtual image, an image which appears to be where it is not. It requires no more real space than the three-dimensional image you see of yourself in a mirror.
Furthermore, the notion of the "mind" is broader than simply the organ we call the brain. There are aspects to imagination, inspiration and creativity that go far beyond the mechanisms for storage, recall, and processing.
Isn't there more to our being than falls within the realm of physiology? Is there a "holy of holies" in our own being that doesn't lend itself to x-rays, ultrasound or electron microscopes? Is there a hyperdimensional transformer or transfer function that connects us to another dimension beyond those of our consciousness?
(The architecture of our personality, which goes far beyond just the "mind," has, in fact, been mapped out by the Designer and has been explored by my wife's publications in her King's High Way Series.5)
The Bible also strangely exhibits holographic-like properties. These will be explored in next month's article.
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This article was excerpted from Cosmic Codes - Hidden Messages From the Edge of Eternity.
- Wilder Pen-field, The Mystery of the Mind: A Critical Study of Consciousness and the Human Brain, Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ 1975.
- Paul Pietsch, Shufflebrain: the Quest for the Hologramic Mind, Houghton Mifflin, Boston MA 1981.
- See Alien Encounters, by Chuck Missler, available from Koinonia House.
- This is only true for a hologram invisible to the naked eye. Synthetic holographic-like images used in normal light displays do not have these properties.
- The Way of Agape and Be Ye Transformed deal with the practical implications of these insights.
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