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Figure 2.   Our Lady of Guadalupe, with an aura surrounding her body. [Source: Wikipedia]

Aura and Qi

Since ancient times, humans have had the idea that the body may emit certain energy fields referred to as "aura" in Western countries and "qi" in China. The Chinese qigong, which is based on the concept of qi field, remains quite popular today. The notion of aura did not fade away either. Various types of aura photography are available on the commercial markets. They claim to have the capacity to read your mind.

Qi Contains EM Waves

It is generally believed that the aura or qi, if they do exist, should be the electromagnetic (EM) field. From 1978-1999, a large number of experts and scholars in China tested and analyzed the external qi of qigong. By using the dielectric-barrier discharge (DBD) method, they detected the EM waves emitted from fingers which contain high density of neurons. The observed frequencies were found to be in the range 0.3-200 MHz (Zheng et al., 2016), with the middle value at 10 MHz. Remarkably, this value is in great agreement with that predicted from the radiation of ions as they pass through ion channels in a nerve membrane (see this article).

Recalling that the EM waves travel at the speed of light, that is, approximately 300,000,000 meters per second. Within a tiny fraction of a second, the emitted EM waves would have moved far away from the body. On the other hand, the mind is an entity that contains integrated information (e.g., an object with red color and round shape). To encode integrated information, the EM waves within a mind must be bound in a small region. They cannot distribute over hundreds of miles. The EM waves do not produce significant mutual attraction (Section 37-E). In contrast, gravitational (GR) waves (Chapter 5) are the carrier of the attractive gravitational force. They may exert strong attraction to bind themselves together. This leads to the following hypothesis.

The Geon Hypothesis

The "Geon Hypothesis" posits that the mind is a bound state of GR and EM waves in a small area. You may think of the mind as aura or qi, just keep in mind that the EM waves alone cannot be bound around the body. GR waves must be included in the mind. In physics, such bound state is called a "geon". Chapter 6 will discuss the creation of a geon at an introductory level. Further in-depth explanation is given in Chapter 37.

The Geon Hypothesis can be tested by direct observation of the mind. Currently, our technology cannot detect GR waves in the mind. The EM waves emitted from the brain are very weak. They have not been observed yet. The present aura photography is adapted from Kirlian photography which captures the electrical coronal discharges, rather than EM waves. However, the recently invented bolometer can measure EM waves with great sensitivity (MIT News). It can be used to develop "mind photography" and test the predictions of the Geon Hypothesis:

  1. The frequencies of EM waves in the mind should be around 10 MHz.
  2. The radius of the mind is about five meters surrounding the brain (Section 37-E).
  3. When in pain, the density of EM waves in the mind should be higher (Chapter 7).
  4. Pleasure is associated with lower density of EM waves in the mind (Chapter 8).
  5. Depression, which is characterized by the inability to feel pleasure, should be associated with higher density of EM waves in the mind.
  6. As the heart stops beating, brain waves are known to disappear in a few minutes, but the EM waves in the mind (a geon) may last for a couple of hours. This will prove the mind-body dualism and provide greater insights into near-death experiences.


Author: Frank Lee
Last updated: 2020-09-28