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On this website, the mind is defined as the immaterial part of a living animal. Since the body is composed of matter, this definition implicitly agrees with the mind-body dualism which asserts that mind and body are distinct kinds of substance. While being "immaterial", the mind is still made up of physical entities. To the best of current scientific knowledge, electromagnetic (EM) and gravitational (GR) waves are the only physical entities that do not belong to matter or material. In the last two decades, neuroscience studies have provided strong evidence that the mind could indeed comprise EM and GR waves generated by brain activities. As detailed in the book, The Origin of Consciousness, the GR waves are responsible for the emergence of consciousness while the EM waves mediate the mind-body interaction.
A free GR wave, like a free EM wave, propagates at the speed of light, but the spherical shape of the brain allows for the creation of a bound state through two physical mechanisms:
The bound state of GR waves is known as a gravitational geon. Consciousness may emerge from the creation of a gravitational geon. See
The attractive force between GR waves is more than 80 orders of magnitude stronger than the EM-EM attraction (Faraoni and Dumse, 1998, Eq. 6.1). They are well-suited for creating a bound state. However, GR waves have extremely weak interaction with matter. They cannot influence neuronal processes. The mind-body interaction should be mediated by EM waves. Details are presented in Chapter 10.
Author: Frank Lee