Could it be that the Internet mirrors something about how we really communicate (or could communicate) with each other and with the world? I'd like you to consider the possibility that nature embodies within herself a kind of Internet, and that through our brain we might be able to communicate with it. (I have discussed the scientific foundations of the concept of a cosmically extended natural Internet in my recent books, including Science and the Akashic Field, and The Akashic Experience.) Let me consider here the ramifications of this possibility for our life and our future.
To understand how our brain could communicate with a natural information field that embeds us and all things around us, let's explore how our brain developed, and how it functions. How did it evolve its precise and stupendously complex architecture? And how did it grow into a quantum computer?
Amazingly, our brain had almost all of its 100 billion neurons in place the day we were born, and some 250,000 of those neurons were born every minute while we were in the womb. Moreover, the connections among the neurons are so dense that during the entire time we were in the womb 30,000 synapses were created every second to fill every square centimeter of the cortical surface. The entire evolving assembly was astonishingly precise: our brain has exactly the same structure as all human brains -- even a small variation from the norm would have been lethal.
Biochemical processes alone could never have coordinated this exacting process with such speed and precision. It seems that the human brain develops through an instantaneous, nonlocal exchange of information via the process known in physics as entanglement. Our brain is an entangled "macroscopic quantum system," and it functions as a "quantum computer."
There is further evidence to support this conclusion. The human brain appears to have an enormous -- and conventionally inexplicable -- capacity for storing information. Famed mathematician John von Neumann calculated that during an average lifetime of seventy years we accumulate some 280 trillion bits of information. This volume of information doesn't just disappear without a trace: evidence from psychotherapy and research on non-ordinary states of consciousness shows that all, or almost all, of the information is retrievable. This means that potentially everything we have ever experienced in our lifetime can be recalled. And if it can be recalled, then it must be stored somehow, somewhere. While this is obviously true, the storage repository is not necessarily within our brain.
Consider that 280 trillion is an inconceivably large number and it poses a serious puzzle. How can a network of neurons no larger than 1400 cubic centimeters store 280 trillion bits of information? There is no explanation for this in terms of standard biochemical and biophysical processes.
A nonstandard explanation of the puzzle is daring but logical. Not only are the neurons of our brain thoroughly entangled with each other--so that they can assemble and then process information with lightning speed--they are also entangled with the world beyond our brain. The logical conclusion is that the bulk of the information picked up and processed by the brain is not stored within the brain; it's stored in the vast information field that embeds the brain. This cosmically extended natural Internet I have called Akashic Field, for it connects all things, and is the memory of all things, just like the legendary Akashic Chronicles. It's into this Akashic information field that our brain stores all the things we experience, and, except for the items of our short-term memory (which are known to be stored within the brain), it's from this field that it reads them out again.
This is a staggering possibility, and it has enormous practical implications.
What would it really mean to have a quantum-computer for a brain? Would we still be limited to the information conveyed by our bodily senses, peering at the world through our five slits in the tower? Or could we open the roof to the sky?
If our brain does use "phase-conjugate quantum resonance" to access information -- the process by which microparticles once connected remain "nonlocally entangled" -- then we should indeed be able to open the roof. Our brain would then be a broadband receiver that picks up information both from our senses, and from the world at large. And the latter kind of information is, by definition, extrasensory.
Yes, I know that ESP has been dismissed by mainstream science as superstition, but today, at its leading edge, science opens up the possibility that ESP is based on a real quantum-physical process of cerebral information transmission.
The implications embrace not only our view and experience of the world, but also our behavior and wellbeing in the world. Because if in the "phase-conjugate quantum resonance" mode our brain is sending information into, and receiving information from, the Akashic information field, it not only links all parts of our body and creates coordination and harmony among them, it also links our body and our brain with the rest of the world, thus creating coordination and harmony between us and the rest of the world.
But why doesn't our brain create coordination and harmony between us and the world already today? I'll review this vital question in my next post, and discuss what opening our brain to nature's Internet might mean for our own health and wellbeing, as well as for the future we share with all humankind.
Follow Ervin Laszlo on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ErvinLaszlo