Jaideep Shenoy, TNN | Nov 8, 2015, 05.27PM IST
MANGALURU: Mangalore University (MU) organized a special lecture on theory of reality at Mangala auditorium, Mangalagangothri on Saturday. Delivering the lecture, David O Wiebers, Emeritus Professor of Neurology, MAYO Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA said theory of reality is comprehensive new theory regarding nature of consciousness and nature of universe. David also explained the state of consciousness through working of brain.
Enlightenment of individual and society is based on scientific thinking and spirituality. Theory of reality envisages that brain activity and consciousness are independent and provides core basis of evidence establishing ability to exist and functions separately without the brain. Brain functions correlates with states of consciousness which in turn are correlated with various brain structures. There is no evidence to prove that physical brain is source of consciousness.
There is no identified feature or structures of the brain that are capable of producing consciousness. He explained these with the help of quotes from various scholars such as Wilder Penfield, Noble Prize winning neuroscientist Bouwmeester, Gisin and others. Approximately 100 trillion cells in the human body exchange signals constantly and interact in a single system which is beyond the capability of human brain to fully comprehend.
The coherence of living organisms including monitoring his or her environmental sights, sounds, smells, taste and other sensations while walking on a crowded street, healing process in the human body, food digestion, pumping blood through heart and circulate to the organs are best examples of these. Instantaneous coherent signaling which is calculated to be approximately 20,000 times the speed of light is beyond the imagination of brain capacity.
According to him, information exchange in human beings cannot be explained by classical materialistic scientific means. Outstanding contributions of great scientists and scholars are nothing but the peak experiences, which generally have profound and lasting beneficial effects upon people. He explained Theory of Reality through the near death, out of body, past life recall and after death contact experiences which probably is there in all religions.
TPM Pakkala, dean, faculty of science and technology in his presidential address said theory of reality should be understood as an interdisciplinary subject taking into account of information from different disciplines such as yoga, meditation, physics, metaphysics, biology, and statistics. He opined theory of reality opens a new vista of thinking in terms of living and living peacefully. K R Chandrashekar, convener of the programme introduced the speaker.