Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

A peer-reviewed, open-access journal of natural and social philosophy. It serves those who see philosophy's vocation in questioning and challenging prevailing assumptions about ourselves and our place in the world, developing new ways of thinking about physical existence, life, humanity and society, so helping to create the future insofar as thought affects the issue.

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 2, July

A Challenge to Quantum Entanglement by Experiment and Theory
Scientists intrigued by daunting phenomena such as consciousness have been turning to quantum mechanical (QM) entanglement. I call for fixing our fundamental physics before applying it to other fields. It is well known that Einstein and Schrodinger...
A Quantum Chemical Approach to Consciousness Based on Phase Conjugation
Classic holography involves a reference beam and an object beam (which bounces off an object) which interact and form a holographic interference pattern on a holographic plate (grating). This method has been used for numerous applications and theoretical...
Bionoetics: Life and Mind; Religion/spirituality and Science
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE PROPOSAL Now that it has become respectable to talk about fine-tuning of the cosmos for life, world intellectual life is abuzz with speculation how science and religion are compatible. Very little serious discussion has...
Can Long-Term Training in Highly Focused Forms of Observation Potentially Influence Performance in Terms of the Observer Model in Physics? Consideration of Adepts of Observational Meditation Practice
INTRODUCTION This paper presents developments in a published yet still little known model of how intensively trained individuals--adepts or virtuosi of special meditational techniques--appear to be potentially capable of radically enhancing their...
Consciousness and Brain Science: Mechanisms by Which Nature Knows through Us
INTRODUCTION Brain science (BS) is one of the great unheralded failures of the 21st century. There is every chance that the current paradigms like integrate-and-fire are quite simply wrong as theories of cognitive and even perceptual process. The...
Consciousness: The Damnedest Thing a Young Person's Guide to the Roots of Experience
THE SITUATION IS TROUBLESOME. Consciousness" is a word worn smooth by a million tongues. Depending upon the figure of speech chosen it is a state of being, a substance, a process, a place, an epiphenomenon, an emergent aspect of matter, or the only...
Consciousness without Constraint Open String Theory-One Loose End
"We can make the particles sing in unison. The one behaves like the totality and the totality can be seen in the one." ~ Albert Einstein INTRODUCTION A spectacular discovery in February of 2016 reawakened my dream connections to black holes...
Ecopsychology: Remembering the True Source of Our Consciousness
"The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how Nature works and how people think." Gregory Bateson In modernity, we have forgotten how blessed we are to be alive because we have forgotten the source of our consciousness:...
Evidence of Shared Aspects of Complexity Science and Quantum Phenomena
INTRODUCTION "Let us keep the discoveries and indisputable measurements of physics. But let us not become bound and fettered to the perspective of final equilibrium that they seem to suggest. A more complete study of the movements of the world oblige...
Exploring Consciousness through the Qualitative Content of Equations
INTRODUCTION In science in general and physics in particular, there has been inadequate exploration of the qualitative content of equations. The inspiration for this discussion is what Richard Feynman (1) said: "The next great era of awakening of...
Factors for Identifying Non-Anthropic Conscious Systems
INTRODUCTION The concept of identifying consciousness is a complicated issue to address in an interdisciplinary manner, in large part because various disciplines have entirely different definitions and terms. Philosophy of mind, neurobiology, psychology,...
Fundamental Pattern and Consciousness
INTRODUCTION At the quantum level, there is entanglement of photons, electrons, particles, atoms, etc. In the classical wave/particle experiments (2), the observer determines the outcome of the experiment by his choices. Thus, there is the argument...
Interactions of Pyramidal Structures with Energy and Consciousness
"Space is not empty. It is full, a plenum as opposed to a vacuum, and is the ground for the existence of everything, including ourselves. The universe is not separate from this cosmic sea of energy."--David Bohm [1] INTRODUCTION Ancient civilizations...
Introduction: Homage a Walter Freeman III
We announced FOM 3 as follows; FOUNDATIONS OF MIND III Reparsing Nature: Science as if Being Mattered This conference explores the issue of whether a "Being first!" approach will not yield a better, more veridical science. It asks the attendees...
Is the Mind/soul a Platonic Akashic Tachyonic Holographic Quantum Field?
The Vacuum is a boiling sea of nothingness, full of sound and fury, and signifying everything. Anonymous--found in Ch. II.5 of Anthony Zee's Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell INTRODUCTION The relation between Spirituality and modern science...
Mathematical Frameworks for Consciousness
INTRODUCTION We explore below mathematical formalisms that we believe are useful to formally approach conscious awareness. Mathematical approaches are better suited than physical theories as the latter are developed for an external world, separated...
Notes from the Existential Underground: The Universe as a Complex Emergent System
"Most of them simply do not see what sort of risky game they are playing with reality--reality as something independent of what is experimentally established." --Albert Einstein (1) CRISIS IN PHYSICS At the turn of the 21th century, physics...
On Wholeness and the Implicate Order in Crystals and Its Implications for Consciousness Studies
"All mediums have their limitations as to what they can inscribe and describe, and modulating within these perimeters is all we can rationally ask of any practitioner." Robert Polidori, Points Between ... Up Till Now [1] INTRODUCTION Wholeness...
Parsing to the Source: From Form to Light, from Known to Knowing, from Substance to Void
Epigram "The ultimate goal is to regain the whole by knowing how the parts fit together." (italics mine)--Arthur M. Young, The Geometry of Meaning p.xv A. INTRODUCTION: DEEP FIT BETWEEN CORE WHOLENESS AND THE DIVERSITY IN THE WORLD, AND BETWEEN...
Philosophy of Computational Social Science
Computational social science has been defined as an emerging scientific field at the intersection of statistics, computer science, and the social sciences (Counts et al., 2014; Mason, W. et al., 2014) Many researchers and students today are developing...
The Pribram-Bohm Hypothesis a Topology of Consciousness
INTRODUCTION Perhaps the most widely debated issue in consciousness studies and the mind can be found encapsulated in the phrase "the hard problem of consciousness," first articulated in an essay by David Chalmers (1995) in which he discusses consciousness...
Transcultural Perspective on Consciousness: Traditional Use of Ayahuasca in Psychotherapy in the 21st Century in Western World
"... imagine if you could have the cathartic breakthroughs that ten years of hard therapy might give you in one afternoon." --Jason Silva (2015) New research on ayahuasca's potential applications in psychiatry and psychoteraphy have been undertaken...
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