SOLVING THE HARD PROBLEM: CONSCIOUSNESS IS AN ELECTRONIC PHENOMENON

Abstract

This paper is a reply to a paper ―Solving the "Hard Problem": Consciousness is an Intrinsic Property of Magnetic Fields‖. It is argued that this paper is essentially correct because it specifically nominates magnetite crystals (Biogenic Magnetic Nanoparticles BMNPs) as the source of magnetic phenomena in the brain and specifically founds this theory on Maxwell‘s electromagnetic equations. However the paper fails to arrive at the logical conclusion that consciousness is generated by electronics, that the brain is an electronic device, and that the brains of all living creatures are connected electronic devices. In the paper under reply, the description of electromagnetic processes in the brain (in particular the interaction of magnetic and electric flux) comes across as vague and inadequate. In addition the paper makes certain claims to have solved some of the ‗big questions‘ in life such as ―mind-body‖ dualism and solipsism which appear to be logically and philosophically invalid, and Schrödinger‘s famous question ― "What is Life?" and Gödel‘s theorem would need to be addressed in any paper that purports to solve the ―hard problem.

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Inner Self Located

Sufficient is now known from neurophysiology and electroencephalography to pinpoint the part of the brain that operates during sleep. It is the purpose of this article to review Hindu Philosophy (as expounded in the Upanishads) on the subject of sleep and ask the question whether the part of the brain that operates during sleep is the part of the brain where the Self resides. It will be shown that the Scriptures abound with clues as to the precise location of the Self and just a basic knowledge of neurophysiology and electroencephalography is sufficient to interpret these clues, at which stage they become veritable signposts pointing in the right direction.

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The Sweat Factor in Bikram Yoga

Abstract It is common ground that the practice of hatha yoga will yield many health benefits, both physical and mental. Much of the recent research on hatha yoga has focused on Bikram Yoga, which differs from other forms of hatha yoga by virtue of it being practiced in an elevated ambient temperature which occasions profuse sweating, and is generally referred to as ‘hot yoga’. Much of the recent research tends to be negative about this form of yoga, for instance Bikram yoga doesn’t assist in removing impurities from the body, doesn’t increase aerobic fitness and doesn’t yield any more benefits, physically or mentally, than other schools of hatha yoga.

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