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Where is Mind in Nature

Jon Lieff

All Searching for the Mind posts describe intelligent behavior in nature that is difficult to explain using theories that only allow for random interactions between molecules—that is, without mind. Intelligent behavior in nature can be observed in, at least, 6 orders of magnitude from the size of a human being down to…


Music and the Brain

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Melody, harmony, timbre, rhythm and lyrics are perceived as movement, as meaning, and as emotion in the brain. The unique power of music to harness nature, culture and mind plays out in the interaction of music and the brain.  Some consider vision the major sense, the way our view of the world is most organized. But,…


The Origin of Life and Consciousness

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Despite vast research in all scientific areas, the origin of life and consciousness remains unknown. Bottom up molecular theories assume that chemical properties, reactions, and unique environments can explain the origin and evolution of life. Information in cells may need top down, causal explanations. Can life…


Quantum Computers in Biology: Quantum Effects in the Brain and Mind

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Mind has strange features and so does the tiny world of atoms. Mind can instantly link to an almost infinite number of different associations.  It can conceptualize the size of the universe at one moment. A second later it hears someone calling, then a moment later empathizes with political unrest thousands of miles…


The Emergence of Information – Physical, Biological, Digital and Mental Information

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Information is most generally thought of as an ordered sequence of data or symbols that conveys some message or meaning. The branch of mathematics called information theory originally described the transport of small pieces of digital information. That theory has allowed for the development of the modern world of cell…


Quantum Weirdness in Life, Quantum Biology

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Quantum mechanics is a successful and accurate description of nature at the microcosmic level.  Its existence allows for the development of lasers, transistors and virtually all of our high tech gadgets. Because it does not permit a direct cause and effect determination of exactly what will happen, rather being based…


What is Mathematics? Discovered or Invented in Human Mind, “Unreasonably Effective Describing Nature

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Mathematics has been called “unreasonably effective” in describing the physical universe.  In physics, mathematical equations are the basis of most important descriptions of nature including quantum mechanics, relativity, and thermodynamics.  Increasingly, fields like biology, chemistry, microbiology, and even…