Curated by RSF Research Staff
Panpsychism as an Observational Science
One of the key postulations of the paper The Unified Spacememory Network, by Nassim Haramein et al., is that the intelligence and seeming orchestrated behavior underlying the self-organizing dynamics of matter and energy in the universe is based in a fundamental informational structure of spacetime, the Planck field. Since there is information processing activity occurring down to the smallest scale with Planck qubits, which we postulate cannot only process information but store memory, there are the basic components of a proto-conscious intelligence field present in the very fabric of spacetime—what we refer to as spacememory. The scientific model in which consciousness is present in all domains of the universe and underlies all phenomena is known as panpsychism.
In a recently published paper, professor Gregory Matloff makes the argument for panpsychism as a viable theory that can be evaluated experimentally to scientifically assess its validity. Similar to the main point put forward in the Unified Spacememory Network, Matloff states that “a universal proto-consciousness field congruent with vacuum fluctuations could interact with molecular matter via the contribution of the Casimir Effect to molecular bonds.”
Usually, this is about the point in the discussion of panpsychism where the skeptic becomes disinterested, because what observational proof could there possibly be to place such an extraordinary idea in the realm of serious scientific inquiry? Matloff discusses just such observational experiments that can be performed to test the idea. Remarkably, one such test involves observing stars of a specific temperature within the main sequence to see if they are exhibiting volitional motion. The observation has been made already that cooler stars move somewhat faster around the galactic center than stars of higher temperatures. The velocity difference is referred to as Parenago’s Discontinuity, and occurs in the stellar temperature distribution where molecular spectral lines become apparent.
If it is found that stars of this particular molecular constitution—existing at a temperature in which small molecules are stable as observed from their molecular absorption spectra—then there may be observational support for the volitional star hypothesis, which is explained via panpsychism acting through a fundamental proto-consciousness field of the quantum vacuum.
By William Brown, RSF Chief Biophysicist
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