Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 13, No 2 (2017)

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Tuning the Mind in the Frequency Domain: Karl Pribram's Holonomic Brain Theory and David Bohm's Implicate Order

Shelli R Joye


It is proposed that consciousness manifests as modulated radiant electromagnetic energy resonating in and between two regions, an explicate space-time order and a nondual implicate order. In such a model, the range of human consciousness is a function of the bandwidth of mind in the frequency domain. The hypothesis emerges from an integration of two paradigms: (1) the holonomic mind/brain theory of Karl Pribram, and (2) the ontological interpretation of quantum theory by David Bohm. The composite model, known as the Pribram-Bohm holoflux hypothesis, addresses observed phenomena of non-locality, both spatially and temporally.

Holoflux is a term suggested by Karl Pribram to describe David Bohm's "holomovement" of information-energy cycling between an outer explicate order and an interior implicate order. Bohm concluded that consciousness will eventually be found as primary within the actuality of the implicate order. Pribram's decades of laboratory data, collected over the course of decades, convinced him that memory storage and retrieval follows a holographic Fourier process of transformation between frequency and time domains (i.e., simultaneous resonance between frequency spectra observed within the implicate and explicate orders).

This Pribram-Bohm composite holoflux theory is congruent with established principles of radio communication engineering. In Bohm's explicate space-time domain, the holoflux spectra manifest as electromagnetic shells of information, or isospheres. Each isosphere has a unique tunable wavelength equal to its diameter, and each isosphere is separated by one Planck length. Information imprinted on the holosphere resonates with the nonlocal holoflux within the implicate order. This is outside of space-time, located at the bottom of space, and beginning below 10-35 m.

Extending the panpsychist paradigm that consciousness is inherent in the structure of the universe, the holoflux theory describes a single, dynamic, nondual but tunable energy. This energy cycles mathematically, in a lens-like process of transformation between the two domains, the explicate order and the implicate order.

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