So, let's jump down the rabbit hole and through the quantum tunnel, and take a peek at the 10 weirdest research projects of this woefully neglected field.
What we have here is simply a theory of faster than light consciousness which helps to explain why your keys go missing only to reappear in the place you first looked.
Drawing on the theories of Jung, Einstein, Feynman and no end of other serious minded folk, and including some stuff on Kabbala for added punch, this area of study is dominated by the very resolute Fred Alan Wolf, (PhD in theoretical physics awarded 1963 from UCLA), who suggests in his recent research paper,
"mind appears to be a tachyonic (faster-than-light) and therefore atemporal field embedded throughout space-time which came into existence along with matter starting with the big bang and continuing to present day, in what makes up for the sought for Higgs field in particle physics colliders. "
Neuroquantology 2011; 3: 442-458
Well, if you insist.
No. 9: Probabilistic Quantum Thinking.
Describing his work Professor Conte suggests,
"My discussion is articulated under the neurological as well as the psychological profile. I Insist in particular on the view that mental events arise in analogy with quantum probability fields."
Neuroquatology 2010: 8:4.
To do his work justice it is probably only fair to say that experiments in quantum cognition have been conducted in which quantum interference in mental states was observed. Professor Conte approaches quantum mechanics from Clifford algebra. Which is surely a relief to us all.
No.8: Dark Matter and how Mind influences Brain through proactive spin.
It's not visible. It's not detectable. Dark matter or, more specifically, dark chemistry is a hypothetical chemistry at the heart of HuPing Hu and Maoxin Wu's paper on mind/brain interaction. They say it themselves so I won't say it for them,
"Our thoughts are that the manifestation of free will is intrinsically associated with the nuclear and/or electron spin processes inside the varying high electric voltage environment of the neural membranes and proteins which likely enable the said spin processes to be "proactive," that is being able to utilize non-local energy (potential) and quantum information to influence brain activities through spin chemistry and possibly other chemical/physical processes in defiance of the second law of thermodynamics."
Neuroquantology 2007; 5:2 205-213
Yep, it's a very long sentence but, I think, if you read it closely enough you will see the sense of what they are saying. Oh, and I'm so very happy they placed the word proactive in speech marks because that word was a real hurdle.
No. 7: Thought Carrying Particles.
Whoah, there are actually particles that can carry thought. Yep, just ask Au De and Dhananjay Pal whose paper on thought carrying and thought retaining particles was received by the academic community to much critical acclaim. A copy passed around at our local farmers market was received less favourably.
John Dee and Leibniz would surely approve of this one. Quantum monadology offers a view of reality in which the sharp conflict between matter and consciousness are thoroughly resolved. According to Teruaki Nakagomi there is, "nothing (in the universe) other than monads, no common space in which monads are located, and no common time axis on which the now of each monad is located."
Monads might need explaining a little further so I'll introduce David Harrison whose work on Quarks, Bootstraps and Monads is unparalleled in the world of straight lines. For Harrison, monads are similar to quantum bootstraps, which is a term used in quantum physics to describe how subatomic particles are all reflections of all the other particles. In short, the universe is a self consistent web of interrelations. Which comes as no surprise to any Buddhist.
No.5: Macroscopic quantum entanglement.
Things are hotting up. This one is actually of study of quantum entanglement inside the brains of two non-sibling people. Brace yourselves for this one, it's good.
The technical knowledge required to produce an interpersonal connection by means of a "consciousness-structured, continuously accelerating, circumcerebral magnetic field," is truly beyond my capabilities, but, sure enough, the response person in the experiment experienced persecution anxiety, sexual arousal and anger. Personally I can achieve these results just by striking up conversation with the woman on the train.
Sometimes it seems we know too much. The theories multiply but do we ever really get nearer to the truth.You've got this far but did it occur to you that the quantum effects we've been talking about would likely breakdown with the fluctuations in brain temperature. Quantum states just don't survive in those conditions. What's that you say? Quantum Tunneling, why, of course. Quantum tunneling may just be the concept we need.
Saving the day, and therefore taking the No.4 spot, is a piece of research by Friedrich Beck which looks at a quantum tunneling process that is "stable against thermal fluctuations and consistent with the physiological conditions of the synaptic membrane."
No. 3: Brain Feynman Diagrams
Can an elementary particle have self-awareness? Look, there I am. Oh, there I am again. Oh no, I've disappeared.
No. 2: Quantum Psychiatry and psychopathology.
Incidently, I once knew a man who was so obsessive about psychology he once took an undergraduate degree in it. Not satisfied he then went on to take a Masters and then a PhD. Still not satisfied he decided to spend the rest of his life working as a psychiatrist.
No.1: Experimental Neurotheology.
So there we have it. A whole field of research dissected for yet another top 10 list.