J. Conclusions

I realise that to claim an explanation for all these diverse phenomena out of one basic principle is very ambitious indeed. Some one has got to come up with an explanation for some of them sooner or later, and there is no doubt that the operation of intelligence and more specifically memory is one of the last voids in man’s understanding of nature. Since so much is known in great detail of the physical action of minuscule elementary particles, this lack of knowledge should be embarrassing to anyone who ever thinks about the current state of knowledge. We are too close to the problem, since the explanation of the problem solving mechanism, the mind, is the content of the problem itself. It seems not unreasonable to reflect that all there is lacking is a fundamental principle, which must be sitting there waiting for denouement, perhaps so obvious and simple that it has been passed over.

I therefore consider that the answer to the unsolved problem of memory, consciousness and thought, when it finally is resolved, or more likely chanced upon, will be from a direction entirely unanticipated by established patterns of belief and will effectively be a new paradigm, requiring a new way of understanding how intelligence operates. The fact that we still have hardly the first inkling of the operation of intelligence indicates that established science has been looking in the wrong direction, or using techniques that tend to mislead rather than assist. The problem is how to examine our own thought processes and to do this one must set oneself out side them as much as possible. This is not easy, and is also what the ancient mystic religions of the east have always taught by stilling the mind with contemplation and other techniques. If such processes could be rationalised in scientific terms as I have attempted above, then the intuitive methods of gaining insight from the East, might be reconciled and married to the deductive logical thought process developed by the West.

Either a new convincing proof for some ESP effects are required to stimulate proper funding for research, which is the route that Rupert Sheldrake and others are currently pursuing, or perhaps research into holograms and the operation of the synapses in the brain might come up with a modus operandi for memory based on resonance. I consider that more time should be spent on researching the trance state and hypnosis. The possible experiments I first posited in 1985 in section G were so sketchy in outline that I now think they stand little chance of being born out in their original from, but have been supplanted by the possibility of variations on the theme of Dr. Pizzi’s work producing on neural tissue might well produce a repeatable and convincing demonstration of quantum entanglement and how that works connecting mind to body. I have not deleted my original proposals (second part of G) if only to show how my train of thought has developed over time and might now have been justified by an experiment the detail of which I was not able to anticipate 26 years go, but which should bear out my original premise of resonance of similar micro structures through time and space.

I added section F, Cosmology update in mid 2011. This can be read without any reference to the other sections since at first sight the subject of Mach’s principle, gravitation & matter distribution has nothing to do with the operation of mind and memory. This was a source of satisfaction to me if only because the issues involved have little or nothing to do with the subjective difficulties that abound when considering the mind, about which so is known and even less agreed upon. However, it was the implications of section D on the isotropy of light that led to my concluding that gravitation might be bettered construed as an emergent force, and the result was section F, some of which concurs in principle with the conclusions of physicist Erik Verlinde of Amsterdam university in his paper from December 2010.

There are experiments currently being carried out by astrophysicists to ascertain whether the velocity of light is variable, a subject which has on the last decade or so become an increasingly respectable area of research, and if the result is that it is not a constant then the whole of physics would have to be rejigged and thought through again from scratch. In this instance it would seem less problematical that Duplication Theory or indeed some other hypothesis relying on the existence of a basic principle of negative entropy, would need to be invoked. Again if the experiments carried out in Geneva by the large hadron collider were to give deeper further insights to the nature of matter which might help resolve the conundrum of dark matter and energy which now bedevils all physicists, or should do, then that might help to this end. I wait agog.