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.
Quantum mechanics introduced an unavoidable element of unpredictability or randomness into science and also, over the last three decades, into brain research. Quantum mechanics and fundamentals of natural philosophy were taught to me by Werner Heisenberg and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, who accepted me into their circle as a student and graduate student - an event that was to initiate a tide of good fortune.