One of the Hardest Scientific Problems in the World to Solve.

Via on May 8, 2013

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There is not a single scientist from the most prestigious university in the world who can tell us how a piece of matter called the brain produces consciousness.

The current scientific paradigm is based off of materialism, and this paradigm treats the brain as if it is mechanical. The present thought in neuroscience is that consciousness is nothing more than the result of activity going on within the brain.

This problem called “The Hard Problem of Consciousness,” in scientific circles, is one of the hardest problems to solve. Maybe even harder to solve than Einstein’s theory of relativity. There are hundreds if not thousands of theories and books on this topic. A lot of the books and scientific journals are bogged down with very heavy scientific jargon, but at the end of the day this question is still elusive.

My argument is as follows: The first person to measure the energy system in the human body will have the missing link to understand how the brain produces consciousness. The brain is no doubt the orchestra, but the conductor of the orchestra is elusive—it’s hiding, it’s a magician, and it’s playing the greatest sleight of hand to any scientist who is looking for it.     

There is an entire energy system that is the architecture of the material body; this energy system connects with the energy from the universe. There is a human skeleton structure that holds the material body together. But what is powering the body? The energy meridian system.

Anyone trained in a Western scientific paradigm is not looking at this. Because for the most part “Qi” is not talked about at school. With the current ways of looking at the body, Western science can’t find “Qi.”

Einstein once said, “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” One of the biases that the mind formulates is that once it believes something, it tends to not look at other possibilities.  

The problem is how do you measure Qi?

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are excellent technologies, but they’re not powerful enough to see energy. I think it’s 100 percent possible to measure this energy within the body, with the right resolution.

Even harder is trying to measure the field outside of the body. In Traditional Chinese medicine, they call the energy that runs the body “Qi”; they call energy outside the body “Shen.” Shen is a much more subtle version of Qi.

The problem is that few people studying in the West are trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine. My argument is that Qi and Shen are there whether you believe it or not; they’re what makes the brain work in harmony as a whole in order to give rise to consciousness.

Obviously, a scientist who fully grasps the energy system is not going to call it “Qi” or “Shen.” There are way too many negative connotations to it. They will call it something else, and probably win a Noble Prize for something that has already been known about for thousands of years.

One thing is for sure is that we need a completely different scientific paradigm to take a look into this energy field.

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Ed: Brianna Bemel

About Robert Piper

Robert Piper is a speaker, writer, specialist in Eastern meditation systems, and an advocate for a happier society. His new book is called Meditation Muscle: America's New Workout for the Mind to Increase Happiness, Build Resiliency, and Excel Under Pressure. He writes for Origin Magazine, Huffington Post, and Elephant Journal. You can find him at his website robertpiper.org on Facebook and Twitter.

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