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A New Model of Consciousness Based on Virtual Photons Generated from Phase Conjugation in the Brain  Glen Rein (Quantum-Biology Research, Rancho Santa Margari, CA )   C8

Neurobiological mechanisms for consciousness have focused on biomolecules which exhibit quantum properties. Here a new interface between consciousness and the brain is considered which is a process for converting coherent light into virtual energy. The process called Phase Conjugation was previously hypothesized by Peter Marcer and Edgar Mitchell to mediate perception, where it was proposed that a phase conjugation mirror was present in the visual system could convert light emitted by an external object being perceived (other) into virtual light (Marcer, 1997; Mitchell, 2011). This endogenous virtual light (self) is then projected back onto (and is superimposed with) the original object as the reflected beam retraces its path and returns to the object. Thus self and other are superimposed and simultaneously defined. The wave generated by the object and the reflected reference beam can form interference patterns indicating a quantum holographic process also occurs during both perception (Marcer) and memory (Pribram). Mae Won Ho extended this process to explain qualia as a holographic image/experience. The physiological location of the phase conjugation mirror containing interference patterns was rarely considered in previous reports. Around 1980 it was discovered that Magnesium based porphyrins exhibit strong phase conjugation behavior in-vitro (Devane, 1984). Based on this and other confirmatory studies, it was proposed that phase conjugation in the body was localized in porphyrin arrays or networks (Rein, 2016) due to the ability of porphyrins to self-assemble into supramolecular coordination networks. Proton transfer in porphyrins exhibit quantum mechanical tunneling (Maity, 2000). Magnesium based porphyrins have been reported in the hippocampus where they have neuroprotective properties. It is here proposed that endogenous biophotons act upon local porphyrin networks in an specific brain regions and get converted into virtual photons. The virtual photons generated by phase conjugation then couples to ordinary biophotons making them more coherent. However, there are likely other functions virtual photons perform in the brain that are currently unknown. Virtually photons could likely bind to proteins and could readily change their conformation or VP could act on plasma membrane proteins and modulate their receptor function. A role for virtual photons in consciousness has previously been proposed. References: Devane, M. M. Temporal investigation of phase conjugation, with enhancement, in magnesium tetraphenyl porphyrin (MgTPP). Optics communications 1984;52:136-140. Ho MW. Quantum coherence and conscious experience. Kybernetes 1997;26:265-76. Maity DK, Bell RL, Truong TN. Mechanism and quantum mechanical tunneling effects on inner hydrogen atom transfer in free base porphyrin Journal of the American Chemical Society 2000; 122:897-906. Marcer PJ, Schempp W. Model of the neuron working by quantum holography. Informatica 1997;21:519-534. Mitchell ED, Staretz R. The quantum hologram and the nature of consciousness. Journal of Cosmology 2011;14:1-35. Rein G. A quantum-chemical approach to consciousness. Cosmos & History J Natural & Soc Philosophy 2016;12:250-258.