Istanbul Kultur University, Brain Dynamics, Cognition and Complex Systems Research Center Turkey
Erol Başar, currently Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at The Kultur University Istanbul, is a pioneer in the field of Brain Dynamics and Oscillations. He has published seven monographs, edited 10 books, and authored or co-authored 250 papers in neuroscience and cardiovascular research. Başar’s monograph, EEG-Brain Dynamics (1980) introduced the functional importance of brain oscillations and the quantum concept; it is considered a milestone in neuroscience literature. The author was educated in high-energy physics and in physiology at the Universities of Munich, Hamburg and Hanover. He taught physiology at the Medical University, Lübeck between 1980 and 2000. He was also involved in research and teaching in New York, San Diego, Ankara and Izmir. Başar’s route to multidisciplinary research was directly influenced, during the 1960s, by the advice of Werner Heisenberg and the renowned natural philosopher, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker. The Darwinian view discussed by Başar is the result of a longstanding collaboration with Theodore Holmes Bullock, in California.
Why the Concept of “Quantum Brain”was not Discovered in 1940s
Already in 1940s several neurophysiologic, biochemical and physical discoveries took place and the conjecture was open for the initiation of the ”Quantum Brain Concept”. The present essay explains the ensemble of discoveries that could lead to the quantum brain concept and tries to find out the reason, why this concept was delayed during many decades.