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The entanglement of minds- recent findings in the world of neuroscience and quantum consciousness

Updated on November 15, 2011

Inside your brain there just might be an electron firing in a neural network that is mysteriously connected to an electron in the egg you are frying for your morning breakfast. Or an electron in a grape growing in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa, or, even, connected to an electron on the other side of the universe. Such is the physics of quantum entanglement.

Quantum entanglement was first postulated in the mid 1930's following the publication of the EPR paradox of Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen and the publication of some papers by Edwin Schrodinger. Initially just a theoretical possibility the theory was finally verified by experiment in 1972 when it was shown that quantum systems become entangled following certain interactions between two particles. But, what exactly does entanglement mean? Well, two entangled particles will share opposing properties so that measuring the spin value of one electron in a pair will determine the value of spin in the other. Alter the direction of spin in one and the direction of spin in the other is instantaneously altered no matter how far away it happens to be.

Einstein described this effect as, "spooky action at a distance," and that is just what it seems to be when we consider the possibility of quantum entanglement within the brains of two people. A whole new field of Quantum Consciousness explores this possibility, and many other implications from quantum neuroscience, with the result often published in the dedicated quarterly journal Neuroquantology. A glimpse inside the pages of this journal is truly a glimpse into a world of strange phenomenon.

Quantum consciousness has been taken seriously by a small number of academics in the fields of physics and psychology for several decades now. The pioneers, Fred Alan Wolf, Jack Sarfatti, Elizabeth Rauscher, and Fritjof Capra, all founding members of the Fundamental Fysiks Group, began interdisciplinary study of particle physics and consciousness in the mid 1970's. Their work laid the foundation of what is now a subject of serious debate.

More recent experiments have gone beyond identifying the theoretical echoes between quantum physics, consciousness and spirituality, and have attempted to prove that a real quantum effect can be produced in the brains of two people.

A 2008 paper by Persinger et al tested whether entanglement could be demonstrated to exist between two non-sibling brains following a short period of proximity between the two people. The study involved four pairs of strangers, who were asked to remain at most 2 meters apart from each other for one hour, twice a week for four weeks. The subjects were informed that the experiment was in the field of space-time entanglement and the application of quantum concepts in everyday life. They were not required to do anything else other than be within a certain distance of each other, they could discuss whatever they chose or remain silent if they preferred, the primary variable was spatial proximity.

Following the "entanglement" period the four pairs were then split into two groups of stimulus and receiver; the stimulus person exposed to circumcerebral rotating magnetic fields of variable intensities whilst the receivers brain was scanned by EEG. Both subjects were sat blindfolded, facing south, in comfortable armchairs in separate rooms. Six different, five minute, patterns of exposure were administered to the stimulus persons head whilst readings from the temporal, parietal, frontal and occipital lobes of the response person were recorded.

The results of this experiment were congruent with the results obtained from twin studies and have added a massive bulwark to the discipline. The response group reported a variety of experiences during the experiment, including increased anger, sexual arousal and feeling emotional. The actual recordings from the EEG's showed a relative enhancement of activity over the temporal lobes within the delta, theta and low-alpha range while the stimulus person was exposed to the magnetic field. The research team was so convinced of the value of this research that they noted,

"The results were congruent with the concept that the intentions or ideas of one person can affect another person’s subjective experiences if they share a history of spacetime proximity and one of the pairs is exposed to circumcerebral magnetic fields whose rates of change involve 20 msec increments."

These results add academic rigour to the vast array of theories about quantum consciousness and the swarm of people that claim insight into the nature of mind. The implications of the experiment are not clear for situations beyond the precise confines of the experiment however, but they do lend credibility to the increased interest in quantum psychiatry.

It may just be the case that the thoughts in your mind are not entirely of your own making and that you are influenced in your thinking in ways far beyond your first imagining. Whatever the case may be, the electrons in your brain are quantum twins, paired with other electrons somewhere in the universe. Tracking them down may be more difficult than you imagine though.


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