A changing paradigm of the human brain is coming to the forefront of scientific inquiry. Research in neuroscience has revealed the brain’s neuroplasticity, demonstrating that the brain can change its structure and function through our thoughts and activities (See Norman Doidge, MD, The Brain That Changes Itself, Penguin Books, 2007). As the new science of neuroplasticity has overturned the theory of the unchanging brain, another researcher has proposed scientific experiments to expand the inquiry even further.
The researcher, philosopher-scientist Gopi Krishna, proposes the existence of a region in the human brain, a faculty of supersensory perception normally dormant, which can be awakened to activity by certain practices. Quantum physics has confirmed that the mind of the observer influences what can be observed (see “The Reality Tests,” Seed Magazine, June 4, 2008, http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/the_reality_tests/). According to the paradigm proposed by Gopi Krishna, physical scientists are unaware that they are exploring the limits of their own channels of perception in current experiments designed to understand material reality. It is the awakening of the proposed supersensory channel of perception which permits the individual to see the world of consciousness and its primacy over matter.
From this perspective, material science is presently unfamiliar with the picture of reality presented when the supersensory organ of perception is awakened and the seer perceives the conscious energy responsible for the physical world. In 1937, Gopi Krishna discovered the means by which this occurs in the cerebrospinal system. Over the ensuing twelve years he found himself changed from an ordinary man into one endowed with superconsciousness and genius. For forty-seven years, until his death in 1984, he studied the biological processes at work in his interior. He deciphered ancient texts that describe the transformation in veiled terms, and published fifteen books, including an autobiography, to share his findings.
Professor Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, the eminent German scientist, polymath, and protégé of Werner Heisenberg, who won the Sir John Templeton Foundation Prize in 1989 for his contribution to Religion and Science, wrote the introduction to a seminal work of Gopi Krishna’s and became a leading proponent of the proposed research (see Gopi Krishna, The Biological Basis of Religion and Genius, Harper & Row, 1972).
During the seventeen years preceding his first experience of the awakening, Gopi Krishna practiced daily focused meditation and strict conformity to exemplary ideals of behavior. From his subsequent experience of inspired creativity, genius, and superconsciousness, he concluded that not only is transcendent experience a demonstrable activity of the human brain, it is the next evolutionary leap for humanity. He proposed specific experiments that would confirm the brain’s evolutionary blueprint, and predicted that the continuing research would yield solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time.