Personal Boundaries

I have asserted that a coherent philosophy of quantum mechanics arises if we allow that mass and charge are separable, and evolve their state along independent time streams. We also know that atomic systems are finely tuned coherent resonators. The modes of the electrons moving around an atom are tightly constrained, and each electron interacts with its neighbors. From element to element, then, the configuration of the electrons around the atom is unique. The same is true of the protons and neutrons of the nucleus.

Normally, the charge of the electrons and protons cancel each other out, and the electronic configurations do not interact over extended distances. We know, though, that ionized atomic states - those with an unbalanced number of protons and electrons - are exceedingly disruptive. They propagate information about the electronic configuration to the other atoms in their vicinity, generally forcing their reconfiguration until a matching source of the opposite charge binds to them.

In standard physics, the mechanism of this interaction is the charge field surrounding the ions. The two hypotheses of the separability of charge and its temporal independence imply, however, that other modes of interaction - perhaps finely tuned resonance interactions - might occur. This hypothetical interaction would transfer information in the phase of the charge distribution, rather than as energy. However, that phase influences the likelihood of energy flow in the receiving system - therefore influencing the course of its development.

Now: as mentioned in our discussion of the brain, our neural processes (the axons and dendrites) are limned in calcium ions. The propagation of neural signals occurs through a local depolarization of the membrane. In the resting state, however, the material apparatus of our mind is sketched in its full three-dimensional detail by a coating of charge, broken only at the synaptic connections.

When we are focused on an internally envisioned goal, the state of our neural apparatus is driven by the energetics of our personal intentions. Muscular control and input from our sensory systems fully occupy our mental resources. This is the dominant mode of men, and the typical mode of the infant, child and adolescent.

When we learn to still those internal impulses, we quiet our neural activity, providing it the opportunity to participate in more refined associations. I will now make an assertion not yet demonstrated in scientific fact: If another person is around, the commonality of our neural and sensory patterns allows us, in fact, to participate, through the resonance of our calcium ions, in each other's neural processes. I call this neural affinity.