Gordon Globus

Gordon Globus
University of California, Irvine | UCI · Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior

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A Heideggerian version of cognitive science is found consistent with quantum thermofield brain dynamics.
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The appearing of world is approached via the dream world which has generally been thought to be merely derivative: a "composition" of memory traces from waking life, which are merged and fused into a dream world that in some instances can be indiscernable from the world of waking life. Two dreams are presented which challenge the composition theory...
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Quantum Bayesianism makes conventional assumptions about conscious experience and the world, which are “deconstructed” here. Conscious experience is succeeded by Heideggerian Existenz as world-thrownness. But unlike Heidegger, Existenz is conceived as a monadological dis-closure in the other-tuned, self-tuned and past-tuned “between” of the quantum...
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The measurement, consciousness and qualia problematics are intertwined: all hinges on the failure to "deconstruct" world, consciousness and qualia. Physical reality is quantum at all scales, whereas world is dis-closed in parallel at unique addresses: thrown existence is monadological. Two categories of solution to the measurement problem are disti...
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Sometimes while sleeping we find ourselves thrown amidst an authentic, albeit bizarre, world. The process of integration by means of which memory elements might be fabricated into a seamless world indistinguishable from the world of waking life is not explained by Llewellyn, who focuses instead on the elaborative encoding of memories. Ontological i...
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The problematic of world is considered within the horizon of Bohr and Heidegger's surprisingly overlapping formulations of the "unspeakable." The process of world dis-closure-thrown Existenz-is discussed in terms of dual mode quantum thermofield brain dynamics. Existence, which is sharply distinguished from consciousness, is "between-two.".
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Abstract: The field of consciousness studies is “deconstructed” in terms of etymology, definition, and the deep involvement of perceptual consciousness in two persistently controversial areas: the hard problem of qualia and the measurement problem in quantum physics. An alternative to perceptual consciousness is developed within the framework of di...
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A neuroquantological account of inner speech and the linguistic sign is proposed. Inner speech, meaning, and thought are defined and located in the theoretical structure of dual mode quantum thermofield brain dynamics. Other-action (sensory input from the environment and the body) and self-action (self-tuning signals generated by the brain itself)...
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At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is, But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity, Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards, Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point, There would be...
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The deconstruction of an editorial critical of quantum brain theory and an associated article segues via the editorial's marginalia to the Bohmian holomovement and dissipative quantum brain dynamics. The explicate order of Bohm, and Vitiello's ground state between-two that is consciousness (reinterpreted here as existence), are claimed to be the sa...
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The concept of local pathology has long served neurology admirably. Relevant models include self-organizing nonlinear brain dynamics, global workspace and dynamic core theories. However such models are inconsistent with certain clinical phenomena found in Charles Bonnet syndrome, disjunctive agnosia and schizophrenia, where there is disunity of con...
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The well-known symbol of the Tao is freshly interpreted in terms of dissipative quantum thermofield brain dynamics. The primary duality of the Tao is between two dynamical modes of operation. The secondary duality ('holes') within each mode of the Tao symbolizes creation and annihilation operations. The relation between the dual modes is 'intrinsic...
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The "splitting" that characterizes schizophrenia is difficult to explain in the classical neurophysics context of nonlinear brain dynamics where compromise-the very antithesis of splitting-is fundamental. Hallucination and thought insertion become intelligible in the framework of thermofield brain dynamics (TBD). The clinical classification found i...
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Freud considered dreams to be compositions of past waking experiences but this theory is untenable: (1) the process of compositing disparate memories into the seamless dream life is miraculous, and (2) authentically novel dream worlds are experienced. Dennett makes dreams into purely cognitive affairs, a matter of scripts, denying their perceptual...
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An odyssey to a monadological quantum brain dynamics is told here. The very spirit of the odyssey would be violated by ab-straction, literally the lifting out of abstract order, which presumes a metaphysical lifter, a Cartesian subjectivity that does the lifting. A true odyssey, if anything, is existential, unabstractable segments of academic life...
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Freeman's naturalization of intentionality, based in classical neurophysics, and Vitiello's quantum thermofield theoretical formulation of intentionality are presented. Their collaborative work is also discussed. A revised neuroquantological account of intentionality is formulated within the thermofield framework. This account is applied to semioti...
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The unresolved and seemingly unresolvable consciousness/brain and qualia/brain problems are bracketed in order to focus on the neglected Being/brain problem. How might our experience of Being—the very presencing of world—be explained in terms of brain functioning, without bringing in the miasma of consciousness and qualia? A thermodynamical theory...
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The indiscernability of the waking life and well-developed in- stances of the dream life suggests that the world perceived during waking is also 'virtual '.real in effect but not in fact. The naturalistic philosophical framework for virtual reality developed by Metzinger and by Revonsuo is discussed and critiqued. An alternative monadological reali...
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The opposition to quantum brain theory is “deconstructed”. The quantum brain theory originated by Umezawa and coworkers is elaborated as a unimode quantum brain dynamics (QBD), a Hermitean dual-mode QBD and a non-Hermitean dual-mode QBD. The non-Hermitean version is applied to mathematics, where the Riemann hypothesis is seen in a fresh way. The ph...
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Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology 12.3 (2005) 229-234 Although nonlinear dynamical conceptu-alizations have been applied to psychia-try for over 20 years, they have not had significant impact on the field. Unfortunately Heinrichs' very thoughtful contribution to the discussion is unlikely to move such disinterest. Pragmatically successful paradi...
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Hallucination lies at an intriguing border between psychiatry and philosophy. Although Behrendt & Young (B&Y) tie their proposal to Kantian transcendental idealism, other philosophical positions are equally consistent. Cognition is underconstrained by reality not only in hallucination but also in autism and dreaming. Sensory underconstraint is insu...
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This book results from a group meeting held at the Institute for Scientific Exchange in Torino, Italy. The central aim was for scientists to "think together" in new ways with those in the humanities inspired by quantum theory and especially quantum brain theory. These fields of inquiry have suffered conceptual estrangement but now are ripe for rapp...
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If the brain has a level of quantum functioning that permits superposition of possibilities and nonlocal control of states, then new answers to the problem of the consciousness/brain relation become available. My discussion is based on Yasue and co-workers’ account of a quantum field theory of brain functioning, called ‘quantum brain dynamics’. In...
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Quantum degrees of freedom greatly enrich nonlinear systems, which can support non-local control and superposition of states. Basing my discussion on Yasue's quantum brain dynamics, I suggest that the Cartesian subject is a cybernetic process rather than a substance: I am nonlocal control and my meanings are cybernetic variables. Meanings as nonloc...
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Classical mechanics cannot naturally accommodate consciousness, whereas quantum mechanics can, but the Heisenberg/Stapp (H/S) approach, in which consciousness randomly collapses the neural wave function, leaves the conscious function unrestricted by known physical principles. The Umezawa/Yasue (U/Y) approach, in which consciousness offers superpose...
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Self-organizing and self-tuning neural networks are conceptualized as nonlinear dynamical systems. It is shown that biological psychiatry can be encompassed within this nonlinear dynamical framework, where it becomes coherent with trends in cognitive science. A state space representation that is a hyperspace with an energy topology and a fractal di...
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Comments on the book The Interpretation of dreams by Sigmund Freud (1900). The present text focuses on three fundamental themes of the book which Freud elucidates through his study of dreams, notably in Chapter Seven: (1) the economics of desire, of "instinctual wish." (2) the economics of that desire which is counter-desire, i.e., the "defenses" a...
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The near universally accepted theory that the brain processes information persists in current neural network theory where there is "subsymbolic" computation (Smolensky, 1988) on distributed representations. This theory of brain information processing may suffice for simplifying models simulated in silicon but not for living neural nets where there...
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A possible relation between Derrida's deconstruction of metaphysics and connectionism is explored by considering différance in neural nets terms. First différance, as the crossing of Saussurian difference and Freudian deferral, is modeled and then the fuller ‘sheaf of différance is taken up. The metaphysically conceived brain has two versions: in t...
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Critiques the new science of dreams, according to which dream content is a function of memories selected by a random biological process. This process is most striking when there are the abrupt thematic changes that are so characteristic of dreams. For the received view from Freud, in contrast, selection of all memories is meaningful. The new scienc...
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Uses the "bootstrapping" method proposed by G. F. Chew (1968) to consider dreaming within the paradigm of connectionism, which is interpreted as existential in orientation. General connectionist concepts and some effects of special conditions on network functioning are considered. F. Crick and G. Mitchison's (see PA, Vol 71:6034 and 75:3408) theory...
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Heidegger has provided a profound account of human existence in terms of the to-be-da. Even though Heidegger disregarded its brain machine basis (and even though brain scientists disregard Heidegger), the issue of the Dasein's machine basis is raised by the empirically extremely well confirmed “supervenience” of the Dasein on the brain. Since the T...
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Dennett recounts an alarm clock dream which he experienced as taking a long time even though the alarm presumably sounded for only a short time. His explanation of this paradoxical behavior of time in dreams is that there actually is no dream experience but that unexperienced dreams are composed directly into memory banks and are subsequently playe...
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In clinical practice, great emphasis is placed on the patient's being responsible, yet the conceptual bases of this therapeutic posture are obscure. The author examines the conceptual foundations of responsibility by focusing on the subjective "I". Although "I" is widely considered to be an empty term, signifying only an illusory "ghost in the mach...
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It would seem that the prospects for the “scientific observer” of brain and behavior are excellent, given the extraordinary advance of twentieth-century science. Until the level of investigation descends to the quantum domain, where peculiar difficulties in observation arise (Bohm, 1951), there do not appear to be clear-cut conceptual barriers that...
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To determine: 1) the minimum amounts of sleep subjects would tolerate, 2) the changes in EEG sleep measures, and 3) whether subjects would revert to baseline sleep after study termination, 4 couples gradually reduced their sleep. Three couples reduced their TST in 30-min steps from a baseline of 8 hrs and one couple from a baseline of 6.5 hrs. Subj...
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Long-term gradual sleep reduction effects were investigated on 4 young adult collegiate couples. The battery of assessment tools included a sleep log, Stanford Sleepiness Scale, Profile of Mood States, Feeling Tone Checklist, a measure of circadian oral temperature, Williams Word Memory test, Digit Span test, Wilkinson Auditory Vigilance task, Wilk...
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In working on the mind-brain problem over the last few years, I have become disheartened on occasion and come to the conclusion that western man is uniquely equipped and situated so as to make that problem unsolvable, even though it may be a rather simple problem indeed. As a scientist, I would like to hold philosophers responsible for this state o...
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Maxwell: Pribram has emphasized that consciousness is important, practically important, even. It is very heartening to hear this coming from a tough-minded scientist. He comes to grips with Ryle’s “ghost in the machine” and comes to the conclusion that ghosts (of the kind that rile Ryle) really exist, and that they too are important. He talks about...
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The relationship of consciousness to brain, which Schopenhauer grandly referred to as the "world knot," remains an unsolved problem within both philosophy and science. The central focus in what follows is the relevance of science---from psychoanalysis to neurophysiology and quantum physics-to the mind-brain puzzle. Many would argue that we have adv...
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Simultaneous measurements of noise exposure and sleep electrophysiology were made in homes before and after cessation of nighttime aircraft landing noise. Six people were tested, all of whom had been exposed to intense aircraft noise for at least two years. Noise measurements indicated a large reduction in the hourly noise level during nighttime ho...
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In order to gather biodata in the home environment, we have developed a compact and inexpensive FM multichannel subcarrier system employing micropower integrated circuits of the unique lateral PNP design. The subcarrier system may be used with or without a wireless transmitter. One FM transmitter design that has been used is presented. Components f...
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The effect of the benzodiazepine lorazepam on sleep variables in a population of anxious insomniacs and control spouses was studied. Electrophysiological recordings were obtained in the home environment over a five week period. A tendency towards normalization of the sleep pattern of the insomniacs without suppression of REM sleep is reported. Home...
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The temporal organization of sleep shows an ultradian (72-144 min) rhythm comprising the alteration between REM and NREM sleep. The present study monitored waking gross body movement via telemetry under conditions of individual isolation or small group isolation. For the small group condition, the most prominent rhythm in gross body movement was at...
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An understanding of the relationship of consciousness to brain is integral to the development of a general theory for psychiatry. It is argued that objections to Feigl's psychoneural identity thesis can be countered by considering consciousness as identical with "pure events" which, to an observer, are neurally embodied. Consciousness may be subdiv...
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An argument in support of introspective methods in research is developed. As illustration, the perception of "empty space" is considered on the identity thesis, especially as reported by adepts in altered states of consciousness. It is suggested that the unique sensory qualia—seeing per se, hearing per se, etc, in contrast to the content of seeing...
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Apparently disparate monist and dualist views on mind and matter are held to be symmetric.
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Biological foundations of the psychoneural identity hypothesis are explicated and their implications discussed. "Consciousness per se" and phenomenal contents of consciousness per se are seen to be identical with events in the (unobserved) brain in accordance with Leibniz's Law, but only informationally equivalent to neural events as observed. Phen...
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An ultradian rhythm in waking performance on the order of 100 min. was hypothesized based on the period of the rapid eye-movement—non-rapid eye-movement intrasleep cycle. Errors on a visual continuous performance task (signal detection) over 6 hr. were analyzed for 19 Ss. Data analysis by fitting sinusoidal curves showed a peak at the expected freq...
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The purpose of the study was to determine if there was an ultradian (circa 100 minute) temporal organization to behavior, and assess the extent to which variations in behavior could be accounted for by this hypothesized systematic rhythmic variation. Methods included analysis of sleep stages in order to determine the intra-sleep ultradian organizat...
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Studied the effect of extended sleep on the performance of calculation, vigilance, and complex motor tasks. 12 normal male undergraduates, who regularly slept 7-8 hr/night, were studied after 2 control nights of habitual sleep (7.1 hr. average) and 2 extended sleep nights (9.1 hr. average). Combined number of omissions and false reports on the vigi...
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The goal of this study was to develop an objective quantitative method for representing the temporal organization of sleep in terms of the period and rhythmicity of REM sleep occurrences. Data on normative human sleep, already scored for stage REM and not stage REM, were subjected to a “binary autocorrelation.” The mean period over 92 nights of sle...
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The dream world is sometimes indiscernable from the wake world and so parsimony demands a common explanation of world as such. The widespread conviction that the world of dreams is somehow "synthesized" from memory traces of various disparate waking worlds in space and time is implausible, leaving explanation to a mysterious synthetic process. It i...
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A syndrome sometimes associated with sleeping late is identified in a student population. It is recognized as feelings of being worn-out, tired, lethargic, and irritable, with fuzzy thinking and difficulty in getting going. When it occurs, it tends to last for an average of 4.4 hr. This syndrome is particularly marked following sleep of 10 or more...
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ALTHOUGH most investigators conceptualize rapid eye movement (REM) sleep as one of two distinct kinds of sleep,1,2 a body of opinion persists which holds that the REM sleep cycle may be part of a more general rhythm continuing during both waking and sleeping.3-10 Kleitman has discussed a "basic rest-activity cycle," reflected in the two alternating...
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The literature on the variations of respiration in different emotional states is extensive. Yet few studies have examined respiration during actual speaking because methods of measurement interfere with the production of speech or preclude it altogether. Observations on nonspeaking respiration in different emotional states include work by Finesinge...
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HYPOTHESIZED THAT AN "AGENT" COULD TELEPATHICALLY TRANSMIT INFORMATION TO A "SUBJECT" WITH A MODIFICATION OF THE DESIGN PREVIOUSLY REPORTED BY ULLMAN. A CONSENSUS OF JUDGES WAS UNABLE TO CORRECTLY DESIGNATE THE "TARGET PICTURE" MORE OFTEN THAN WOULD BE EXPECTED BY CHANCE, THUS, THE NULL HYPOTHESIS WAS NOT REJECTED. POST HOC ANALYSIS REVEALED THAT T...
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Whole-body plethysmograph measurements and challenge inhalation of carbachol were combined to assess asthmatic changes longitudinally. Airway conductance proved to be relatively stable over a 10-week period in 3 normal subjects. Five asthmatics showed periodically lower conductance and greater variability. Periods of low conductance at times could...
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MANY WORKERS have repeated the observation by Aserinsky and Kleitman, in 1953,1 of the cyclical recurrence of a physiologic state characterized by a low-voltage fast electroencephalogram (EEG), periodic bursts of rapid eye movements (REM), and a decrease in muscle activity.2 Generally, there are four to five cycles per night and the predominance of...

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