Dr José Foglia
Dr Foglia grew up and was educated in Punta del Este and
in Montevideo where he attended the Deutsche Schule.
He graduated in 1979 as a doctor from the Medical School
of Montevideo and specialized in General Surgery and
Hemotherapy. He also became interested in acupuncture
and other health-related therapies. For 5 years he taught
Biology and Pathophysiology at The School of Nursing.
He joined the Theosophical Society in 1978 and became
interested in the teaching of Jiddu Krishnamurti who he
met on his trips to India. Following these visits he decided
to travel to various countries to learn about other cultures
and ancient civilizations.
In 1983 he moved to Montpellier in France for 3 years to
study General Surgery and related techniques in
Hemotherapy. In 1987 he moved to Rome Italy to
continue his medical studies at the Catholic University
Medical Faculty and subsequently stayed in Europe until
On returning to Montevideo he dedicated his time to
studying the link between the psyche and the body.
While at the Faculty of Medicine of Punta del Este he
continued his studies graduating in
psychoneuroendocrineimmunology in 2012. He published
his monograh on 'The Neurophysiology of Meditation'.
From 2002 to 2010 he researched and published a book,
'Homo Lux'. Currently Dr Foglia is working to investigate
the human potential and developing a new approach to
2016 - Self-Awareness versus Meditation
Self-awareness, or the sense of self, is the product of evolutionary and cultural
pressures, of our physical environment, and of the other individuals with whom we
communicate. The human beings' sense of self has co-evolved with our language-
related abilities to engage in abstract, symbolic thinking.
A new set of brain structures evolved in the course of hominization in order to transform the
outputs of the primary sensory areas into what he calls "metarepresentations". In other words,
instead of producing simple sensory representations, the brain began to create "representations
of representations" that ultimately made symbolic thought possible, and this enhanced form
made sensory information easier to manipulate, in particular for purposes of language.
The right hemisphere, because of its involvement in overall body image, is very important for
generating this feeling of selfhood. But the left hemisphere, which is the one that specializes in
language in the vast majority of people, seems to be just as essential, in its own way, for what
we call self-awareness.
Can states of consciousness be mapped in the brain? During the meditation state the brain
the electrical activity of the brain shift from the left hemisphere to the right hemisphere. The
type of EEG waves change; several areas are activated, and an "other brain" starts to create a
totally new reality. During this state, many significant biological processes occur, affecting the
immune system, endocrine system, and neurological system.