The Mystery of Consciousness

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Length: 1 hour 4 minutes

Ronald Abramson, MD, Harold J. Bursztajn, MD, Irene C. Coletsos, MD, Susan G. Lazar, MD & Mark F. Poster, MD

Currently, the predominant paradigm in the understanding and treatment of psychoses is to consider them collectively as “brain diseases.” Substantial advances in technology have facilitated the observation of brain functioning in real time and advances in genetics and the foundation and evolution of the field of Behavioral Epigenetics have deepened the understanding of the biology that inheres in the psychoses that we labor to understand. Yet it is clear that this new era of brain biology has yielded correlations with subjective experiences, but has not shown causality that certain brain states cause certain subjective conscious states. The subjective experiences of people, those who suffer from psychoses and those who do not, occur in the realm of consciousness, awareness of oneself and one’s surroundings which is the subject of this panel.

Ronald Abramson, MD presents certain central ideas. One idea is to demonstrate that the subjective mind depends on the objective brain but is not reducible to it. Also, experiments in quantum physics have demonstrated that consciousness is a fundamental property of the universe.

Susan G. Lazar, MD presents an expanded view of the nature of mind. She will present data demonstrating the reality of paranormal phenomena including telepathy, clairvoyance, entanglement and action at a distance. These phenomena can be understood through the concepts of coherence, entanglement and a non-Newtonian model which describes the non-locality of all information making it accessible at any point. These concepts are broadly relevant to human interaction, including the psychotherapeutic situation and the evolution of increasingly mature societal values.

Mark F. Poster, MD traces the evolution of concepts of unconscious communication from Ferenczi’s “dialogue of the unconscious” (1909) to contemporary concepts about the dialectics of subjectivity.

Harold J. Bursztajn, MD and Irene Coletsos, MD present information from contemporary clinical work showing the interplay of consciousness in the psychotherapeutic field. 

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