James Giordano

The Brain:  Generator, Antenna and/or Receptacle? Implications for Types and Extent of Unusual Cognition

James Giordano, Ph.D

Current neuroscientific techniques and technologies – taken together with information from the physical, natural and social sciences – are enabling deeper understanding and more complete insight to the structural and functional relationships of the brain. While the mechanisms of consciousness remain unknown, contemporary investigations and discussion center upon whether the brain acts as a generator, antenna, receptacle – or some combination of each and all – in the functions and properties of consciousness.

It may be, for example, that particular assemblages of neural networks enable peculiar sensitivity to specific dimensions and domains of the environment that are evidenced in and by certain individuals’ putatively apparent capacity for (spatially and/or temporally) remote sensing.

This presentation will examine current knowledge of the structural and functional relationship(s) of the brain to address if and how these may enable types and extent of unusual forms of consciousness and cognition. The discussion will explore if and how the brain may act as a generator, antenna, receptacle –and/or some amalgam of each and all – in the functions and properties of consciousness. These concepts will be discussed in relation to (1) certain individuals’ putative capabilities of sensing particular temporal and spatial aspects of humans’ natural ecology, and (2) the importance of a proposed research
paradigm to more accurately assess, evaluate, quantify, and perhaps a*ect/augment mechanisms and processes involved in these capabilities and functions.