The turbulent brain

... what can a thermodynamics of mind say about how to thrive

Thermodynamics of mind

In this article in Aeon Magazine, we propose a novel theory of the thermodynamics of mind, a theory that draws on ideas from physics and allows researchers to quantify and characterise the brain processing leading to non-equilibrium with a great degree of precision.

Turbulence and thermodynamic non-equilibrium are two sides of the same coin of how the brain is driven by and navigates the environment. These principles allow us not only to survive but also, from time to time, to thrive. One of our main current goals is set on using this framework to discover the underlying brain mechanisms by studying brain states such as meditation, music and psychedelics that are known to evoke states of eudaimonia and flourishing.