Consciousness beyond neural fields: Expanding the possibilities of what has not yet happened

Frontiers in Psychology 12:762349 (2022)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
In the field theories in physics, any particular region of the presumed space-time continuum and all interactions between elementary objects therein can be objectively measured and/or accounted for mathematically. Since this does not apply to any of thefield theories, or any other neural theory, of consciousness, their explanatory power is limited. As discussed in detail herein, the matter is complicated further by the facts than any scientifically operational definition of consciousness is inevitably partial, and that the phenomenon has no spatial dimensionality. Under the light of insights from research on meditation and expanded consciousness, chronic pain syndrome, healthy aging, and eudaimonic well being, we may conceive consciousness as a source of potential energy that has no clearly defined spatial dimensionality, but can produce significant changes in others and in the world, observable in terms of changes in time. It is argued that consciousness may have evolved to enable the human species to generate such changes in order to cope with unprecedented and/or unpredictable adversity. Such coping could, ultimately, include the conscious planning of our own extinction when survival on the planet is no longer an acceptable option.
Keywords
No keywords specified (fix it)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
DRECBN
Upload history
Archival date: 2022-01-13
View other versions
Added to PP index
2022-01-13

Total views
17 ( #65,297 of 65,544 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
17 ( #40,725 of 65,544 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.