A Genuine Theory of Everything: Explaining Consciousness through a Unification of Psychology, Physics, and Biology

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This book has two main objectives. The first is to borrow from another sort of puzzle to put all the pieces on the table. The second is to interconnect them into a single unifying scheme. One of the most crucial pieces is the finding of quantum mechanics that consciousness must be involved for a physical event to take place, a counterintuitive concept that prompted Sir James Jeans to declare, The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine. Likewise, Nobel physicist Eugene Wigner remarked, The very study of the external world led to the conclusion that the content of the consciousness is an ultimate reality. If mind is the ultimate reality, then describing the structure of consciousness becomes absolutely crucial. An understanding of the structure of the mental world would allow a unification of psychology, physics, and biology. This would be the mother of all unifications: a genuine theory of everything. This book dares to propose a unifying scheme through which all things are explained by just two fundamental mental entities. Nothing else is needed.

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This book is an original and imaginative piece of work. The author is critical towards mainstream science and materialist philosophy. and specifically he criticizes the attempts of some physicists to make "a theory of everything" based on physics only. He thinks, that "everything" must include mind and consciousness, and in the book he tries to develop a genuine theory of everything based on an idealist philosophy. In idealist philosophy consciousness is there from the beginning, but then "a material thing" requires explanation. Dolsenhe regards the physical world as a pile of mathematical equations and numbers, all considered as mental qualities.. He thinks, that our perceptual system adds perceptual qualia to the mathematical frame, like a sculptor attaches clay to a wire frame (pp. 134, 223,). Based on idealist philosophy I have described material objects as heuristic concepts useful for expressing observations within a certain domain with some of their mutual relations (1). Though not identical I think these two explanations are in quite good agreement. The author proposes, that all there exists in nature are two fundamental entities of consciousness, the "primal consciousness" and the "nodink" and he undertakes to present an idealistic view of the universe based on these two entities (pp. 100, 133). The word nodink is an abbreviation of node + link. The node may be a concept and the links may be between concepts. The basic property of nodink is its capacity to possess consciousness. A nodink can access the conscious content of another nodink, another person, the primal consciousness etc. The supposed capacity of the fundamental entity nodink to access conscious content of another person of course readily places parapsychological phenomena such as telepathy within the authors paradigm. Indeed he regards telepathy as a fundamental entity of nature (p. 359). Dolsenhe states, that parapsychology is one of the most stigmatized subjects in modern science, and he thinks, that in spite of rejection and ridicule investigators have provided convincing evidence for the reality of these phenomena. I concur with these views, but very lately more appreciative and balanced attitudes to parapsychology have appeared. Thus there is now a professor of parapsychology in the university of Lund, Sweden, and the Journal of Consciousness Studies has published two special issues on parapsychological subjects, edited in a balanced way ( Vol. 10, No. 6-7, 2003 and Vol.12, No. 6, 2005). The author regards primal consciousness as the consciousness that supplies the property of awareness to individuals. No life can generate consciousness, organisms can only access the primal consciousness. He thinks the primal consciousness is a single, finite pool of resource of consciousness available to all beings. He also thinks, there is an intelligent being, who determines and calculates every observed event in the universe and refers to this being as "metamind". He thinks. the metamind splits into five branches, each with specific roles, and that all the particles in the universe are not just created at one point and then left alone to interact by themselves - instead the universe is continuously created (pp. 136 - 139, 143). These views appear far-fetched to me. However, they can be seen as a contribution to the current discussion about a possible intelligent design of the universe. The book presents a large material from psychology, physics, and biology and discusses it in an interdisciplinary way. I regard this as an important virtue of the book. In the preface the author thanks Webb Harris for support in making a more readable text. This cooperation has not been without result. Difficult subjects are treated in an admirably understandable way, often by the use of comparisons and me --Axel Randrup, CIPR

We ve come to equate science as absolute truth. If an experiment is done in a scientific way (beginning with a hypothesis and then collecting data) then the resulting data will illustrate a truth. We will even dismiss that the data may have been skewed by only focusing on certain aspects of a problem or through subjective interpretation of that data. Science was original meant as a means to explain our world. Since we don t know all the fine details about everything, scientific exploration is a work in progress. Therefore, at any one time, new ideas are being brought to the surface and old outdated ones are falling in disfavor. Unfortunately, this process is often slowed by the perception that science is absolute truth rather than a reflection of our current understanding of any sort of truth. A Genuine Theory of Everything look at the rigidness of the scientific community and point out that for a law to be valid it has to include all phenomena. If something works only 65% of the time and certain types of experiences have to be excluded, it shows that more (or different) explorations need to be done. I think that s only logical. Following this discussion, the author presents his own theories. In this the author sets a substantial task for himself to create an all-purpose theory that includes everything. Definitely not a Sunday afternoon read. For me, the most intriguing thing about this work is that whereas most scientific work starts with the physical, these theories start with the notion of perception. That how we perceive things makes them real and gives them the rich qualities that we experience. Beginning there opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. --Tami Brady, TCM Review

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