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Searching for the Mind

Jon Lieff, M.D. has been publishing a beautiful, informative, and fascinating blog, Searching for the Mind. It’s an emerging view of Mind as an integral aspect of nature.  Now he is offering Searching for the Mind Daily.

Jon offers evidence for mind not only in humans, but in other animals, in plants and cells, down to microbes and viruses, and up to evolution of life  and the cosmos.

Take, for example, his posts, Where is Mind in Nature?Intelligent Cells Know Their Place, and The Very Intelligent Protein mTOR. Is there any doubt where mind is?

Wherever one looks, acts—in-formed and in-forming, intentional, and purposeful actions—are manifestation of intelligence, of Mind.The actors may be conscious and unconscious entities; self-, other-, and context-aware, or not. Their acts grow and decline, individuate and involve, assimilate and accommodate, rise and fall, merge, entrain, evolve, regenerate, decline, and die. They may be deliberate or instinctive; resonant or dissonant; and, all too often, seemingly inexplicable and, consequently, erroneously deemed random, mere mechanisms ruled by Natural law and pure chance.



Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science

A group of internationally known scientists from a variety of scientific fields (biology, neuroscience, psychology, medicine, psychiatry), who participated in an international summit on post-materialist science, spirituality and society, has posted on the Open Sciences website a Manifest for a Post-Materialist Science for all to read and for other scientists to sign. The Maniefesto also appears as a guest editorial in the September-October 2014 issue of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing.


The purpose of the Open Sciences website is to act as a portal for open-minded scientific investigations that go beyond the dogmas that dominate so much of science today. – About

The new website is already a rich source of related resources including publications, organizations, videos, blogs, open questions, and events.

The Self-Actualizing Cosmos

The Self-Actualizing Cosmos: The Akasha Revolution in Science and Human Consciousness is Ervin Laszlo’s latest refinement and elaboration of his Akashic paradigm and worldview. In it he reasons for a revolutionary scientific paradigm, clarifies his conception of a multi-dimensional Cosmos, and relates recent scientific findings, developments, and ideas to his thinking. He also considers current issues and views critical to our survival.

Laszlo explains the necessary revolution in science which the new, Akashic paradigm enables. He points out the shortcomings of the prevailing scientific worldview which fails to account for significant, anomalous scientific findings, including: phenomena of non-locality and entanglement, transcending the bounds and limits of time and space; the form and level of coherence in complex systems, manifesting a cosmic unity and oneness; and the existence of organic molecules in stellar processes, ejected into space, coating asteroids and other stellar bodies with the precursors of life.

Observations of this kind cannot be accounted for by patching up the dominant paradigm: they challenge the very foundations of the basic scheme with which scientists have been tying together the observed facts. 1

Laszlo develops the first principles of the Akashic paradigm, in which

The cosmos is an integral system actualizing in the interaction of two dimensions: an unobservable deep dimension and an observable manifest dimension. The deep dimension is the Akasha: the “A-dimension.” The observable dimension is the manifest “M-dimension.” …. The A-dimension “in-forms” the M-dimension, and the in-formed M-dimension acts on—“ de-forms”— the A-dimension. 2

As he has done in previous books, Lazlo visits numerous philosophic topics and integrates dialogs with colleagues on topics impacted by the Akashic paradigm. Included are chapters on perception, health, freedom, and the good; questions and answers on the Akashic paradigm; and comments from leading thinkers and scientists, including Edgar Mitchell, Stanley Krippner, Depak Chopra, and Ken Wilbur.

Since publication of The Self-Actualizing Cosmos, Ervin Laszlo had been interviewed numerous times. Noteworthy is a 25-minute interview, available online, conducted by David Gibbons in March, 2014. It provides a good introduction to the book and Laszlo’s Akashic perspective of the Cosmos and related issues of our time. Previews of the book are available online (Amazon Kindle, Google Books).

Laszlo’s paradigm of a self-actualizing Akashic Cosmos is both a resonant and coherent echo and a scientific amplification and enhancement of ancient, perennial wisdom. It’s the revolutionary worldview science needs to comprehend and explain, fundamentally and more fully, the origins and manifestations of our existential reality, and to resolve the dilemma of survival in our complex, contentious, and divided world.

It also provides a foundation upon which the noetic triune is grounded.


1. Laszlo, Ervin (2014-03-02). The Self-Actualizing Cosmos: The Akasha Revolution in Science and Human Consciousness (p. 7). Inner Traditions/Bear & Company. Kindle Edition.

2. Ibid., 33.


Synchronicity and the Noetic Triune

Synchronicity, a phenomenon commonly experienced by most people and often written about [Bibliography],  was recognized, named, and defined by Carl Jung in the 1920s.

Jung variously described synchronicity as an “acausal connecting principle”, “meaningful coincidence” and “acausal parallelism”. [Wikipedia]

Synchronicity is one of those anomalies which the prevailing scientific paradigm and worldview fail to accommodate or explain. Even the new akashic paradigm addresses neither meaning nor synchronicity. However, the noetic triune, which subsumes the akashic paradigm, has several important attributes which enable us to comprehend and explain better the existential reality of synchronicity:

 First is the integral wholeness and interconnectedness of all aspects of reality.

 Second is Import, one of the three elemental aspects of the noetic triune. Import is the meaning and spiritual nature of the Idea as manifested in and by the Image.

 Third is in-formation, the reciprocal relationship among Idea, Image, and Import. In-formation is  timeless, like instantaneous feedforward and feedback, and analogous to causality, forming and informing the three constituent aspects of the noetic triune: Idea, Image, and Import.

 A synchronicity–an existential episode, an experience–has two essential properties, acausal connectedness and significant import. It may arise and develop when in-formation among co-incident entities is coherent and resonant.

 Acausal connectedness, unlike causality in spacetime, is not physical and is not constrained by spacetime locality. In the philosophy and science of Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli, acausal connectedness would occur at a level deeper than spacetime, one they termed the Undus Mundus. In David Bohm’s cosmology, it would occur in the Implicit Order (the Explicit Order being the level of physical reality); and Bohm’s unfolding and enfolding would be reciprocal aspects of Ernest Laszlo’s in-formation. Acausal connectedness is inherent in Laszlo’s akashic field.

 The significant import, i.e., profound often affect-ladened meaningfulness, of synchronicity is most likely attributable  to the coherent resonance of the in-formation with existing personal milieu, thus making Import highly individualistic and subjective. So for one person that which is a potent synchronicity–profoundly affective, highly emblematic and message-laden, and often spiritual in nature–is for others merely a meaningless, insignificant co-incidence.

 In sum, we might say that a synchronicity is a meaningful, acausal relationship in which reciprocal in-formation resonates coherently, thereby developing, expanding, and amplifying within the noetic triune–in a highly personal way–the Import-ance, the powerful meaning and spiritual nature of the co-incident experience.


‘learn to think like gnostics,..’

The journal NeuroQuantology recently published an invited paper by Philip Carter titled Consciousness and Perception in Higher-Dimensional Quantum Space-time1 which, I believe, is a particularly significant work, fostering an approach to a worldview compatible with and complimentary to a noetic triune worldview.

In the Conclusion, Carter tells us:

The central message of this paper is that, in order to solve physics, we must learn to think like gnostics, to think in terms of inner space and not just outer space,…2

Indeed you will as Carter ‘s framework for consciousness includes two imaginary planes, inner dimensions added to the classical three dimensions of physical, outer space.

The paper is structured in two parts: in the first,

[a] higher-dimensional spacetime model is proposed, accounting for nonlocal quantum phenomena while embracing Special Relativity as a limiting case;3

while in the second

…a consciousness model within the higher- dimensional spacetime framework, integrating elements of physics, psychology, philosophy and metaphysics4

is introduced.

Carter depicts the complete two-part model in Figure 21.5

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The quantum spacetime model provides the basis for an explanation of nonlocality and entanglement unaccountable within Special Relativity. The consciousness model incorporates  what Carter terms esoteric ideas and knowledge derived from adepts,  philosophical and spiritual thinkers and practitioners. He contrasts orthodox Aristotelian and gnostic Platonic views, arguing that

… science, and in particular physics, have indeed been hindered by deeply entrenched [orthodox] philosophical and theological predispositions, tracing their roots back to the early centuries of Christianity and before.6

Definitely not a no-braner

The paper is no simple read in the park. Those who go beyond this simplistic, abbreviated description are in for some tough slogging. They must be prepared to engage with such challenging physics constructs as: Minkowski spacetime (Figure 27); the gravitational wavefunction; 3-, 4-, and 5-branes; the Transactional Interpretation (TI) of quantum mechanics; and offering and confirming standing waves. Dare I also mention such esoteric notions as: the identity of space and consciousness; objective and subjective space; emotional energy and relative motion in imaginary (i) space; and the ensuing physics of perception–just to name a few others.

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Does a photon experience time?

Well, to find out you’ll just have to read Quantum Spacetime and ConsciousnessIt will be well worth the effort to engage with Carter’s fresh thinking. I hope you will appreciate the enlightenment of a promising integral worldview of physics and consciousness, one that joins inner and outer, real and imaginary space and, possibly, provides further insights into the physics of a noetic triune.

1. Available as Quantum Spacetime and Consciousness on the free e-prints alternative archive,
2. ibid, p. 38
3. ibid, Abstract
4. ibid, Abstract
5. ibid, p. 37
6. ibid, p. 37
7. ibid, p. 8

Dossey: One Mind & Creativity

The noetic triune—idea↔image↔importprovides a useful paradigm for exploring the components and processes of creativity. In her book, Mind of the Maker – God the Creator as reflected in artistic imaginationDorothy Sayers first conceived and articulated the insight that the triune nature of artistic creativity reflected the creative nature of the Christian Holy Trinity. Extrapolating from this, the noetic triune applies her insight to a broader, secular understanding of the creative components and processes of nonlocal mind, physical reality, and intellectual and spiritual meaning.

In his latest book, One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters, Larry Dossey, MD presents and discusses his book’s title thesis and the research supporting the idea of the existence of an immaterial, nonlocal mine–one mind. And in a related post, Where Does Creativity Come From? published in HuffPost, Dossey answers the question, offering examples of historical thought and contemporary research, suggesting that a universal, nonlocal, collective mind–one mind–is the creative source. 

The evidence and perspective Dossey offer are easily assimilated by–i.e., fit and support–the noetic triune. In turn, the noetic triune provides the conceptual framework for comprehending how idea↔image↔import are mutually, creatively in-formed; how creativity is the function of reciprocal in-forming of idea↔image↔import.

Be sure to explore the book and post, check out other related references, and visit Dossey’s website for more about him and his creative work. For examples of nonlocal mind and creativity, consider these.

Platonic Ideas and the Laws of Physics

The notion of a Noetic Triune, Idea↔Image↔Import, shouldn’t be too unpalatable to most mathematical physicists and cosmologists if Paul Davies assertion and explanation are correct.

In an interview conducted a few hours before his 2012 talk, The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe? Davies discussed with colleague Charley Lineweaver some of his ideas about intelligence, life, and the laws of physics.


Regarding Davies’ question, “Where did the laws come from?” the conversation, in part, goes:

Davies: …the laws of the universe didn’t pop into existence with the laws imprinted on it…like…vumpt…the maker’s mark, just after it appears; that the laws, somehow, exist in some abstract manner, some Platonic manner, independently of the universe.

Lineweaver: So you are saying that most of your colleagues [in mathematical physics and cosmology] are on which school of thought?

Davies: On the Platonic school of thought…. The laws of physics exist independently of the universe and that these laws are universal, eternal, absolute, and immutable….

Lineweaver: And that reminded you of the mind of god?

Davies: Absolutely. Because it came straight out of Christian theology.

Listen to this interesting interview, especially the part beginning at approximate 13:08.

For more on Platonic ideas, see Appendix A4. Origins of Noetic Triune.

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking
we used 
when we created them.
Albert Einstein

If you want to change the world, change the metaphor.
             – Joseph Campbell

[T]he Trinitarian structure which can be shown to exist in the mind
of man and in all his works 
is, in fact,
the integral structure of the universe,…
Dorothy Sayers