Effects of relativistic motions in the brain and their physiological relevance
By Mariela Szirko
Also a chapter in
Helmut Wautischer, ed., Ontology of Consciousness: Percipient Action
This is an Open Access article from Electroneurobiología 2003; 11 (2), pp. 14-65; URL http://electroneubio.secyt.gov.ar/index2.htm.
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On scales small enough, cerebral biophysics is not an exception to es-tablished laws of physics applicable to all other occurrences of condensed matter: brains, too, include microphysical components in their tissue that move close to light-speed. The critical question, if and how such motions bring about physiological effects and how this relates to psychological realms, has come to noteworthy results: extended research in our neurobiological tradition suggests an affirmative answer and also describes the formation of psychological features. Neurobiology in Argentina got underway in the second half of the eighteenth century and specially focused on electroneurobiology. The angle has proved especially useful for revealing any such effects and, along with older results, more than three decades ago it developed a scientific view about brain-mind issues involved in recovery from fainting, comas, vegetative states, hibernation, general anesthesia, or ordinary sleep. This view assumes that the uncoupling pathologies that disconnect persons from their circumstances share with sleep and the various forms of inattention a common mechanism, namely, changes in a physiological time-dilation, which is a relativistic effect of motions from the tissue's microphysical components, and is physiologically operated through coupling with the electroneurobiological states of that tissue. This explanatory model from neurobiology is also of special interest to physicists, since the coupling that operates such a mechanism instances a dynamical mass-variation in some action carriers of a force-field brought forth by way of overlapping variation in the intensity of another force-field. Supported by clinical and neurobiological facts, research related to these findings has been made available in Argentina for many decades but it has only recently come to the attention of the international scientific community. These reserch results are valuable for neurobiologists, psychophysiologists, and humanists working on brain-mind issues. Scientists investigating biological dynamical systems, biophysics, mathematical biology, computer biology, or molecular biology can also recognize these findings and their clinical applications as relevant data for comprehensive research in their area of specialization.