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During deep sleep and general anesthesia, consciousness is lost. In the awake state, activation of the ascending arousal system regains consciousness. While consciousness remains a mystery, neuroscience studies have provided great insights into the brain functions associated with sleep, anesthesia and arousal. Neuronal synchronization has been demonstrated to play a central role.
This book proposes that the mind, defined as the immaterial part of a person, could comprise only gravitational (GR) and electromagnetic (EM) waves generated by brain activities. GR waves have virtually no interaction with matter, but their mutual attractive force is more than 80 orders of magnitude stronger than the EM-EM attraction (Faraoni and Dumse, 1998, Eq. 6.1). Thus, GR waves are well-suited for instantly binding information produced in various brain areas - an essential characteristic of consciousness.
Free GR waves will travel at the speed of light. The conscious mental state may arise from global synchronization of the brain's alpha rhythms, resulting in the creation of a gravitational geon - the bound state of GR waves. Once a geon is created, it may exist on its own for a finite period of time. Hence, the "Geon Hypothesis" conforms to the mind-body dualism, namely, mind and body are distinct entities. Since GR waves have extremely weak interaction with matter, they cannot influence neuronal processes. The mind-body interaction is mediated by the EM waves of the mental system.
The book is written for readers with various backgrounds. It will first cover the basics, and then explain the following new concepts in an easily understandable manner:
Author: Frank Lee