How does consciousness emerge?

George Northoff shared his views in Acem Forum in Oslo

The Acem Centre in Oslo was filled to the brim, and the public is fraught with beliefs. The world-renowned philosopher and neuroscientist Georg Northoff of the University of Ottawa was visiting and was about to explain how he fantasizes consciousness comes about. Those who practice Acem Meditation were astonishingly familiar with several aspects of his interpretation 😛 TAGEND

The brain is not only a passive recipient but has its own spontaneous undertaking- as in meditation.

This spontaneous work kinds the inner surrounding in which all deliberate activity takes residence, as with the recurrence of the meditation reverberate. The lilts of the intelligence shaking along with the patterns of the body and the environment, and the more these lilts are synchronized, the better the flow of know and activity; we too become more empathic- as we sometimes know the results of meditation.

Everybody understands something

Northoff’s lecture plowed a wide range of topics, from simple, almost obvious points to reflections so advanced that they flew far above the heads of most of the audience. To the great relief of many of us, Northoff emphasized that it wasn’t necessary to understand everything. “I don’t either, ” he reassured the audience. “But everybody understands something! ”

The stately questions

After the lecturing, there was time for questions, starting with the neuroscientist Svend Davanger and the culture historian Halvor Eifring, both affiliated with Acem and with the University of Oslo. Thereafter the part gathering took part in a refreshing exchange. Many of the comments stroked upon magnificent questions: the limits of time and cavity, materialism vs. panpsychism, as well as the adjustment of brain wave, body lilts, and fluctuations in the environment.

World and brain

Did we get the answer? At least, what seemed clear is that it is not the psyche alone that creates consciousness, but the intelligence in interaction with the environment- the world-brain relation.

It had been a stimulating evening, with discussions of a type one seldom meetings, neither in Acem nor elsewhere. Northoff had predicted the Acem book The Power of the Wandering Mind and carried a strong interest in nondirective reflection, accurately because it highlights the spontaneous activity of the memory. And almost as if to bolster our self-esteem, he frequently highlighted: “In the area of meditation, you are the experts , not I.”

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Written by WHS

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