Both classical determinism and quantum indeterminism don’t allow mental causation. This brief paper summarizes a conceptual framework to help envision how the physical brain is guided by fundamental nonphysical processes of mind. It draws from the ancient Vedic account that is a subtler, coherent model of the mind-body relationship, consciousness, and free will.
The relationship of matter, mind, and consciousness is now a central topic in modern science. After brief introductory comments on progress from reductionism to holism, a coherent model of how the local, physical brain seamlessly links to the nonlocal, nonphysical mind is summarized.
Laudable progress understanding physical matter has been made by analyzing ordinary objects at smaller time and distance scales. Now it is recognized that mind and consciousness also must be addressed. But it’s been difficult, in part due to assuming nature is physical only, and that complex whole objects are built from non-conscious, non-sentient physical parts. However, ordinary physical objects classically measured as independent of each other have been found to be interdependent on deeper layers. Especially, biological organisms composed of cells, molecules, organic/inorganic chemicals, atoms, and elementary particles are now theorized to be built of more interdependent fields unaccounted for in classical mechanics. Progress has been from particles to independent linear particle and interdependent non-linear wave mechanics in more fundamental quantum fields, to very abstract (mind-like) information fields deeper than quantum uncertainty and randomness, toward a bottom-line holistic unified field that is the universal source of order.