Meets All Requirements

The Harmonic Resonance Theory meets all eight requirements of the published Instructions for Contributors of the Behavioral & Brain Sciences Journal listed as appropriate rationales for seeking Open Peer Commentary.

  1. It bears in a significant way on some current controversial issues in behavioral and brain sciences.
    The Harmonic Resonance theory bears in significant way on several current controversial issues including: the most foundational question of perception, the question whether perception is an illusion, or whether the many manifestations of perceptual filling-in are evidence for actual filling-in of features in the brain. It bears on the most foundational question of neuroscience, which is the question of the basic code of the brain, or how perceptual information is represented by neural tissue. And it bears on the most foundational question of consciousness, which is the question of whether consciousness is an illusion that does not really exist, or whether the spatial structures of conscious experience are a direct manifestation of a spatial representational mechanism in the brain. And it bears on the related issues of hemi-neglect, synchronous oscillations in the brain, Gestalt phenomena, and much much more.
  2. Its findings substantively contradict some well-established aspects of current research and theory.
    Does it ever! So much so that it is apparently impossible to get published through the closed secret anonymous peer review process, despite the fact that the evidence for it is overwhelming! It would survive the open peer commentary phase just fine, if it ever got there, because I have answers to all the objections!
  3. It criticizes the findings, practices, or principles of an accepted or influential line of work.
    Again yes indeed! So much so that it gets immediately rejected without review!
  4. It unifies a substantial amount of disparate research.
    It unifies the properties of phenomenal experience with neurophysiology, two branches of research that have been so disparate that most choose to deny the properties of their own conscious experience rather than revise their notions of neurophysiology!
  5. It has important cross- disciplinary ramifications.
    Perception, philosophy of consciousness, and neuroscience.
  6. It introduces an innovative methodology or formalism for broader consideration.
    It introduces the innovative use of standing wave resonances in vibrating steel plates as a computational mechanism, which employs a completely novel and unprecedented computational principle.
  7. It meaningfully integrates a body of brain and behavioral data.
    Perception, philosophy of consciousness, and neuroscience.
  8. It places a hitherto dissociated area of research into an evolutionary or ecological perspective.
    It brings the spatial structures of consciousness into the realm of neurophysiology by identifying the spatial representational mechanism in the brain that is responsible for the structures of conscious experience.