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Cosmos, Mind & Soul

Two Modes of Brain Processing


Ervin Laszlo suggests that the remarkable memory of savants can be accounted for when it is understood that the brain uses a quantum mode of information processing to read holographically stored information from the A-field.

The brain, it appears, has two distinct modes of information processing. One is the "classical" mode--slow, linear, and capable of handling only a limited amount of information. It solves problems by using abstract concepts and relies on the connectivity of neural networks in the cortex. The other is the "quantum processing" mode--extremely rapid, parallel, and capable of handling exponentially more information than the classical mode. This ultrafast mode involves all brain regions, but normally it operates outside conscious awareness . It comes to the fore when classical processing is deactivated.

[The brain's] non-local quantum processing becomes evident only when the left hemisphere does not dominate its information processing, when the neocortex is turned down or off. This is the case in autism, but also in the altered states produced by meditation, prayer, and aesthetic or ecstatic experiences. Because autistic individuals are largely cut off from the world around them, their quantum brain processing turns inward and can produce unusual mental feats. For normal individuals who can communicate with the outside world, quantum brain processing creates contact with the holographic field in which the brain is immersed. Hence, in altered states, the normal brain picks up information from a variety of holograms besides its own.

Transpersonal experiences are not fictional and they are not metaphysical. They are physical, more exactly quantum-physical: readings by the brain of a wide range of holographic information from the A-field.  [Laszlo, pp. 58-59]