The Mind and The Field of Information

Monkeys were being studied to understand group behavior and how it is learned in islands in the Indian Ocean. The researches managed to teach, through example, how to wash a potato in the ocean before eating it and wondered how this cleaning technique would be passed on.

Over time, this one monkey had the whole community washing their dirty potatoes in the ocean before eating them. What was even more intriguing though was when the researchers visited other islands in the area. Without any demonstration or connection to the monkey(s) on the original islands all the monkeys were washing their potatoes in the ocean.

Another study which found similar results was carried out with rats and a maze.  At the center of the maze was the reward: food.  In the laboratory researchers had set up the exact same maze for generations of rats of the same lineage to go through to retrieve their food.  The rats would progressively find their way through the maze in a shorter time as the generations progressed until they were born actually knowing the route.  New young rats did not follow adult rats through the maze, they just knew their way.  At this point the researchers had an exact replica of the maze produced and set up in another laboratory to see how long it would take their rats to go through the maze for the food.  The results were equally astonishing.  The rats in a completely different location from a different lineage found their way through the maze with ease.

In his book “A New Science of Life”, first published in 1981, Rupert Sheldrake coined the terms morphic field and morphic resonance. Resonance on a morphic level is “the influence of previous structures of activity on subsequent similar structures of activity organized by morphic fields.  Through morphic resonance, formative causal influences pass through or across both space and time, and these influences are assume not to fall off with distance in space or time, but to come only from the past.  The greater the degree of similarity, the greater the influence of morphic resonance.”  This resonance refers to what Sheldrake thinks is “the basis of memory in nature …. the idea of mysterious telepathy-type interconnections between organisms and of collective memories within species.”  Morphic fields includes morphiogenetic, behavioral, social, cultural, and mental fields.  Morphic fields are shaped and stabilized by morphic resonance from previous similar morphic units, eg strategies for scaling a rock surface will go into a mountain climbing morphic field all on its own or selecting ripe fruit from a tree will go into the fruit farming morphic field.  Each of us and our ancestors are collecting knowledge for us and putting it into the various morphic fields and we each have the ability to tap into that information as we learn tasks as a whole, we progress.

In the 1920’s a rather barbaric set of experiments on the brain of rats was carried out by Karl Lashley whose research spanned another 30 years.  As a keen scientists he was on the track of discovering where memories existed and he built a jumping stand for rats where they learned to jump through miniature doors to reach food.  After learning the route Lashley systematically went about removing pieces of the brain to discover where the memory was.  His work was extremely crude and diabolical by any standard so I will skip over the details and keep to the results.  The rats, some partially paralyzed or with impaired motor skills, always made it through the purpose built jumping stand and always remembered the routine.  Regardless of whether the rats’ brains had been fried, cut apart or mushed up.  The memory itself was not in the brain.

Since Lashley there has been a fabulous array of scientist in search for the memory.  Scientist who followed Lasley were progressively Karl Pribram, Stuart Hameroff and Fritz-Albert Popp. 

Pribram theorizes that our brain primarily talks to itself and to the rest of the body not with words or images, or even bits or chemical impulses, but in a language of wave interference: the language of phase, amplitude and frequency.  We perceive an object by resonating with it, getting in synch with it.  To know the world is literally to be on its wavelength.  After seeing something the brain processes this information in wave-frequency patterns and scatters these throughout the brain in a distributed network.  Storing memory in wave interference patterns is remarkably efficient and would account for the vastness of the human memory.  Waves hold unimaginable quantities of data.  It has been said that using this holographic wave-interference pattern, that virtually every book ever published in English would fit onto a large sugar cube!  This model also accounts for our instant recall of memory.

Every neuron of the brain has been found to log on at the same time and speak to every other neuron simultaneously.  A process called “superradiance” allows for coherent signals to pulse through the entire body instantaneously.  This collective communication throughout the entire body accounts for the unity of thought and consciousness.  Consciousness is a global phenomenon which occurs everywhere in the body, and not simply our brains.  Consciousness, at its most basic, is coherent light.

If all the research is correct, our brain is not a storage medium but a receiver in every sense.  The brain receives old information in the same way it processes new information – through wave interference patterns.  Whatever the reception mechanism Lashley left of the brain in the rats, they were still able to make it through the run in its entirety because the memory of it was never burned away in the first place, it was never in there.  Some scientists go so far as to suggest that all of our higher cognitive processes result from an interaction with the Zero Point Field.  For scientists there is no such thing as nothingness.  We may perceive emptiness between ourselves and the clouds but there is no such thing for scientist – we are surrounded by information, energy, photons, waves, particles there is no nothingness anywhere, everything is everywhere.  We are surrounded by an enormous field of information.