The Brain vs the Consciousness: Will they ever be compatible?

The Brain vs the Consciousness: Will they ever be compatible?

No question has been more perplexing for scientists and philosophers than those surrounding the brain and consciousness. Part of the problem is that one cannot imagine the consciousness existing without the brain to transmit data. The problem then reoccurs when you try to imagine if it is the brain that creates the data that needs to be transmitted or if it just acts as a conduit. Trying to solve this conundrum causes some people just as much confusion as the time travel paradoxes. It make me wonder if the brain and consciousness will ever truly be compatible with one another.

There are countless theories out there that attempt to decipher and explain the fundamental incompatibility concerns of the mind/brain paradox but none of them provide any real answers that don’t rely on either supernatural or mystic mindsets to come to fruition. A perfect example of this is the religious ideology that supports a ‘soul’ or Aristotelian ‘essence’ that suggests that the body is merely a physical conduit for the soul/essence, whereas the soul/essence itself is something that can exist entirely outside of the body. The implication being that the essence doesn’t require the brain/body to exist and function.

What we see here is the implied idea that while the brain is dependent on the consciousness, the latter doesn’t adhere to the same principle. If the two entities mentioned are not entirely reliant on one another why have the physical at all?

If you follow any type of religion, mysticism, or new age philosophy, the answers will be found in the afterlife. The promises behind these ideologies basically suggest that you live in the physical to prepare (usually through hardship) yourself for everlasting existence on a higher plane. The nature of that plane changes, depending on your train of belief. These over-simplified explanations are not satisfying or evident of any real truths, so much as they offer a comfort to those that follow them in allowing them to completely sideswipe the whole “death” thing. If that doesn’t sound satisfying to you, that is OK because it shouldn’t. none of these ideologies actually explain the brain’s connection to the consciousness so much as they attempt to get you stop asking in the first place.

Does the consciousness exist beyond the brain?

For any form of afterlife to be true, the consciousness would have to be able to exist in the same manner it does when attached to the physical. For that to happen, it would have to retain the thoughts, memories and ideas of each incarnation in life (just covering the bases as some philosophies assume more than one physical lifetime). Since it is the brain that retains this data—with each new lifetime starting with a proverbial “blank slate”—this doesn’t seem possible without adding some supernatural transmogrification to each gestating embryo upon conception to carry the data from one lifetime to the next. Theorists get past this problem by stating that there exists a subconscious memory of previous lifetimes, but that is sleeps dormant until death. Psychologically, this subconscious past life information can show itself through irrational phobias (not caused by experienced trauma), prodigious grasping of difficult concepts at a young age (think of child prodigies), even going so far as to link birth marks to previous life injuries,

From a more scientific perspective, we have theories like the holographic model that explains the phenomena of interconnectedness and entanglement as a means of extending the consciousness beyond the physical realm. The idea is that the universe exists within a neural hologram where the brain is used to experience the reality that the mind conjures. If this sounds like the Matrix, it is. Biocentrism supports this concept by making the claim that the consciousness created the universe and not the other way around. Since we experience our reality in the physical realm, biocentrism and the holographic interpretation of the universe are concepts that can easily fade from the foreground until such time as thought can be deemed tangible—which is a topic that will be looked at in a later article.

Proposed Experimentation

For now, we will have to accept that the brain (physical) and the mind may never be seen as truly compatible until they are deemed as equally capable of long term survival without a dependence on its original physical host. With the mind being the only thing that can survive death, this doesn’t seem likely anytime soon.  If I were to try and experiment on the subject, I would aim my focus on finding out if the brain’s memory is sustained beyond death upon electric stimulation—the assumption being that the life’s experiences are still present when the person has died (before decay renders the brain too corrupt for processing).

Until we find a way to capture the consciousness (or the exact source of it) we cannot transfer it from a living source into another to measure its capacity to recall memory from the previously living source. Perhaps in transferring the consciousness to a primate with the ability to communicate or a willing human. Coincidentally this draconian experiment would also be able to track what happens to the body and the brain’s functions without the consciousness inhabiting and/or controlling it. If you believe in the mystic arts this phenomenon occurs on a constant basis and is experienced through astral travel, making much less far fetched than it sounds.


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