E=mc2 and the Light of Consciousness

Light participates in almost everything that is happening at a subatomic level. It mediates the interaction of particles and the exchange of energy. It is the energy released when particles interact, are annihilated, and when there is a regressive change as, for example, when an electron drops to a lower orbital. Can it be pure coincidence that, as the surround for an image, one’s bubble of personal awareness (light of self) similarly depends upon a regressive tendency? With a little effort, we can glimpse how E = mc2 expresses the relationship between the personal light of mind and the matter of the brain and body. And we can begin to grasp a logical explanation for why the visual system is connected to the brain’s energy-regulating core – where order is maximized by the regressive release and channeling of energy into the movement needed for creating or sustaining an image, the perception of which represents the enhanced probability that the body mass will remain finite and organized. Indeed, my study of how sensation (“qualia”) stream into the limbic brain explains how the specificity of an image is inseparable from the specificity of the body.

The body mass is not just a chunk of matter but an eloquently and progressively differentiated machine that tends in the absence of an appropriate image to regress or revert to an earlier behavior – driven by the implication of infinity as encoded within neural design. In a nutshell, immersion into an image and the corresponding size of one’s visual field depends upon the multimodal cortical reception of sensory data, not just through the retina, but from every nook and cranny of the body. Even a totally-blind person experiences the consequent “light of self” — as his or her limbic brain conserves energy and sustains the body mass. In the image of God who alone overcomes nonexistence. God, in other words, is the transcendent reality modulating the relationship between the finite and the infinite. It can hardly be coincidental that God is biblically defined as “light.”[1] Exciting stuff!

But the fun really begins when we see how the limbic brain is adjacent to the brain’s most medial wall (or septum), stimulation of which produces an orgasm — hinting that every image is a mini-orgasm foretelling procreative success. After all, the body mass wouldn’t survive for long apart from this success. . My book Journey to the Center of the Brain: Explaining Mind in a Universe of Matter, explores the full ramifications and anatomy of this seemingly preposterous claim — solid evidence that E = mc2 describes the functioning of the brain. An easier read, a collection of these blog postings, is my recent book: Consciousness Finally Explained: A Perfect Synthesis of God and Brain. Both books can be accessed through Amazon or my Homepage.


 1.  1 John 1:5.

About Glenn Dudley

GLENN DUDLEY became interested in the mind-body problem as a Pre-Med student at the University of Colorado where he emphasized studies in physics, philosophy, and Judeo-Christian theology. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Colorado in 1969. After a mixed Psychiatry/Medicine internship, he worked for two years at MIT's Neurosciences Research Program -- a think tank whose objective was that of understanding how the hard-wiring of the nervous system mediates thought and emotion. Then, he spent a year in the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical School in Boston reviewing the world's literature on psychological and emotional predispositions to cancer. From 1975 to his retirement in 1998 he practiced primary care medicine.
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