Consciousness from a classical physical-science perspective based on a new paradigm

Show simple item record Gries, Werner Hugo
dc.contributor.other University of Pretoria. Dept. of Physics
dc.contributor.upauthor Gries, Werner Hugo 2019-03-04T08:27:31Z 2019-03-04T08:27:31Z 2019-02
dc.description This is Essay 5 of the Collection of 'Essays on Cognitive Physical Science' in the repository UPSpace of the University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Quantum physics has a long history of interest in consciousness, stemming from the conviction, seeded by famous names, that consciousness is "fundamental to nature" and is, thus, somehow contributory also to quantum events. One of the more recent ideas (by Stuart Hameroff and Roger Penrose) is that the brain is a quantum computer and that a particular component of neurons acts as a quantum object responsible for the emergence of consciousness. In the 2017 New Scientist monograph Your Conscious Mind the present scientific vision is summarised as "We still don't know whether it [consciousness] is real or an illusion". And it is speculated "that physicists will [one day perhaps] identify consciousness as a distinct kind of matter". This odd suggestion calls for physicists to bring systematic classical thinking back to the subject of consciousness. In the past, such thinking, based on the well-tested Ansatz approach, has failed miserably for consciousness, because of a self-reassuring mainstream orthodox paradigm about the function of consciousness, viz. that consciousness, assisted by the "unconscious" state, is in charge of Man's reasoning and behaviour. The new approach pursued here is the opposite thereof, viz. it is based on the new unorthodox paradigm that the nonconscious (not unconscious) state of mind is in charge of human reasoning and behaviour, and that what a person's mind becomes conscious of has previously been entirely worked out and put into action in the nonconscious state. On this basis, the author has derived a purely classical self-compatible description of the nature and function of consciousness. The key proposition is that general consciousness derives from self-consciousness, which in turn is posited to be a mental sensation of organism-wide wake state feedback from local cellular metabolism. The details have been written up here in a first short form. In a postscript it is also shown how the age-old problem of 'free will' is solved in terms of the new vision of consciousness. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Gries, W.H. 2019, 'Consciousness from a classical physical-science perspective based on a new paradigm', Essays on Cognitive Physical Science, Essay 5, pp. 1-25. en_ZA
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dc.publisher The Author en_ZA
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dc.subject Anaesthesia en_ZA
dc.subject Animal consciousness en_ZA
dc.subject Ansatz approach en_ZA
dc.subject Autonomic system en_ZA
dc.subject Bioelectric signals en_ZA
dc.subject Bioelectric language en_ZA
dc.subject Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness en_ZA
dc.subject Cellular metabolism en_ZA
dc.subject Cochlear implant en_ZA
dc.subject Conscious free will en_ZA
dc.subject Default-mode activity en_ZA
dc.subject Default-mode video-in-the-brain en_ZA
dc.subject Conscious dream en_ZA
dc.subject Free will en_ZA
dc.subject Fundamental state of life en_ZA
dc.subject General consciousness en_ZA
dc.subject Hemineglect syndrome en_ZA
dc.subject Least effort principle en_ZA
dc.subject Local tissue damage en_ZA
dc.subject Local wake state en_ZA
dc.subject Movie-in-the-brain en_ZA
dc.subject Multiple local wake-state messaging en_ZA
dc.subject Nocisensor en_ZA
dc.subject Non-autonomic system en_ZA
dc.subject Nonconsciousness en_ZA
dc.subject Nonconscious free will en_ZA
dc.subject Nonconscious mental processing en_ZA
dc.subject Nonconscious self-awareness en_ZA
dc.subject Nonconscious memory en_ZA
dc.subject Orthodox paradigm en_ZA
dc.subject Pain generation en_ZA
dc.subject Parietal lobe en_ZA
dc.subject Person-to-person communication en_ZA
dc.subject Physiology en_ZA
dc.subject Quantum consciousness en_ZA
dc.subject Reticular formation en_ZA
dc.subject Self-consciousness en_ZA
dc.subject Sensory neuron en_ZA
dc.subject Somatosensory cortex en_ZA
dc.subject Tissue damage en_ZA
dc.subject Tissue-damage sensor en_ZA
dc.subject Tissue fluid en_ZA
dc.subject Unorthodox paradigm en_ZA
dc.subject Video-in-the-brain en_ZA
dc.subject Vital function en_ZA
dc.subject Wake state en_ZA
dc.subject Wake-state sensor en_ZA
dc.title Consciousness from a classical physical-science perspective based on a new paradigm en_ZA
dc.type Text en_ZA

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