Department of Psychiatry, Debrecen University Hungary
Dr. Ede Frecska is currently the Chairman of Psychiatry at the University of Debrecen in Hungary. He received his medical degree in 1977 and Ph.D. in 2005 from the Semmelweis University in Budapest. Dr. Frecska also has qualifications as certified psychologist and psychopharmacologist. His psychiatric residency training was completed both in Hungary (1986) and in the United States (1992). In the United States Dr. Frecska had 17 years of psychiatry practice, where he reached the rank of Associate Professorship. During his academic years he continued studies on schizophrenia and affective disorders and published more than 50 scientific papers on these topics. His recent research focuses on the interface between cognitive neuroscience and quantum brain dynamics. Dr. Frecska is a member of several professional organizations (APA, ECNP, CINP), and has received grants and awards from a variety of sources (NARSAD, NIAA).
Nonlocality and Intuition as the Second Foundation of Knowledge
A two-input model of human information processing with the corresponding biological interfaces is proposed in this essay. It is argued that dual aspects of nature generally are reflected in the way we relate to it, and may appear on the different levels humans make representation of the environment. Evidence from neurosciences for two quite distinct forms of visual perception and the ‘bicameral mind’ concept are presented as existing examples of the argued principle. The local-nonlocal division of the physical world cuts to the deepest level of information processing resulting in two basically different but complementary foundations of knowledge. A dual-process approach in the way humans relate to the world emerges from this analysis, with the ‘perceptual-cognitive’ process (based on local effects) receiving awareness in the ordinary states of consciousness, while the ‘direct-intuitive’ (based on nonlocal connections) process transpiring mainly in the integrative forms of altered states of consciousness. The outlined dichotomy of knowledge can explain the differences between scientific and spiritual teachings, and provides ground of interpretation for psi research.