Current Topics in Cybernetics and Systems

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A Theoretical Analysis of Higher States of Consciousness and Meditation

  • B. D. JosephsonAffiliated withDepartment of Physics, University of Cambridge

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In higher states of consciousness the process of thinking is more finely adjusted to the demands of a situation than would normally be the case. We propose a mathematical model for this, based on the hypothesis that thoughts are created in part by an instability mechanism; learning establishes the instabilities, while when a situation has become familiar a compensating stability mechanism cuts out unnecessary thought. Meditation is interpreted as a process in which processes increasing stability dominate. The analysis should provide impetus for a wider examination of the value of higher states of consciousness.