Monday, December 26, 2016

Is consciousness a cosmic phenomenon?

Titled, Consciousness, a Cosmic Phenomenon,* my article in the Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research (JCER) examines the place of intellect and consciousness in the physical world and the universe. According to the hypothesis, mental processes might be analogous to the physical world, and that just like photons, emotions carry energy. Photons are the fundamental interactions of matter particles, and in the brain, sensory stimulus triggers the energy of emotions, the forces of mental interaction. Therefore, emotions motivate thoughts and  actions that recover the energy-neutral state of the brain. 

Material interaction lead to a temporal evolution, which increases complexity and formulates the poles of the universe. Cosmological evolution also gives rise to the intelligent mind. Thus, the mind, which is an elementary particle. Like material particles, it is an elementary constituent of the universe. The entropy of both elementary particles continuously changes between the poles. 

The brain maintains a low-entropy constant readiness state, which makes interaction with the outside world via the sensory organs possible. The the time of death the sensory organs cease to operate. An electric electric spike can be measured about 60 to 120 ms after the patient becomes pulseless. Without interaction with the outside world, death allows the entropy of the mind to increase. Depending on the mind’s energy state, the mental entropy will either accumulate information or energy, while remaining congruent with the temporal field in its journey toward one of the poles. The energy-rich mind converges towards expanding white holes, whereas an information-saturated mind becomes part of the black hole horizon. In the expanding white hole, space is infinite, yet everything feels neighborly and the infinite feels like a moment. In black holes the moment feels like eternity, yet it imposes a two-dimensional tightness, where everything is far and beyond reach. Beside material and mental elementary particles the universe also displays elementary particle characteristics. The three interconnected, interdependent building blocks formulate the organizational unity and fractal structure of the universe. Intelligent life is a microcosm of the universe, and the mind is an active participant in cosmic evolution. Read the whole article...

*Deli, E., Consciousness, a cosmic phenomenon—A hypothesis. (2016) Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research 7(11): 910-930.

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