In some ways, we can equate information to energy, witnessed as it were by willful awareness or intent. That is, information (that which forms activity) enables interactive decisions. Information instructs our perceptions and decisions to act in relationship to the information received.
When we look at the coordination of activity in the field of biology, especially at the cellular and molecular levels, it becomes almost as astounding as quantum mechanic’s “spooky action at a distance”. We see such collectives at various scales in nature.
We observe thousands of shore birds raise suddenly into the air, unite gracefully and bank as if directed by a single mind? How do hundreds of starlings pivot instantly and synchronously together over a cornfield? Scientific investigation reveals movement that propagates like a wave from bird to bird at about one seventieth of a second, far quicker than the bird’s required reaction time to another bird’s movement. Some type of information is being transmitted through an unknown channel. Many have suggested a non-local, perhaps resonant, channel.
Information theory is concerned with the capacity to contain or carry information. When we take our glasses off, has our field capacity to hold information changed or was the resolution changed? We are receiving less information. Because the resolution has changed, we see a blurry image. The size of our monitor and the ability to hold either resolution has not changed. Might there be a conscious field that is received via a channel and will capacity of the brain?
Information theory is concerned with the measurement of information in terms of logarithmic probability – how many bits of information it takes to represent a certain type of information such as, let’s say, the letter “T” in print. Since we don’t know all the possible permutations or “combination” of such a question we use statistical probability in order to be very accurate in our measurements. We add up all the logarithmic contributions of each possible symbol being measured in terms of its chance of occurrence. It is expressed as log2P. This gives us an informational field potential.
In his book, The Physics of Consciousness, Evan Harris Walker adds log2P to Schrödinger’s equation. He demonstrates mathematically that when information is measured in terms of a defined will and conscious channel capacity, it forces one real solution as one probable state happens and all other states disappear.
This may be similar to what scientific observation confirms by experiments, as argued against with the famous EPR paradox. It is “observation” that causes state vector collapse or “spooky action at a distance” and the discovery of such willful awareness as an elemental factor of the physical world. As such it would appear that a non-local channel of information may be tied to a willful decision to interact that collapses the wave function.
We also know that quantum processes occur on a massive scale in the brain and it warrants us to consider the applicability of quantum mechanics to neurology. Without clearly examining our foundational precept, it is dangerous to rush off with a hypothesis such as Crick’s and lead millions down the road of probable error and potential psychological destruction. Based on the indeterministic nature of quantum events, determinism is a dead end and we do have free will.
In order to better understand this free will we might investigate areas that suggest projections from non-local, a-causal, orders rather than assume that willful awareness is an emergent property of the brain.