Emergence of Qualia from Brain Activity or from an Interaction of Proto-Consciousness with the Brain: Which One Is the Weirder? Available Evidence and a Research Agenda

7 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2016 Last revised: 14 Dec 2016

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Patrizio E. Tressoldi

Università di Padova

Enrico Facco

University of Padova

Daniela Lucangeli

University of Padova

Date Written: April 15, 2016

Abstract

This contribution to the science of consciousness aims at comparing how two different theories can explain the emergence of different qualia experiences, meta-awareness, meta-cognition, the placebo effect, out-of-body experiences, cognitive therapy and meditation-induced brain changes, etc.

The first theory postulated that qualia experiences derive from specific neural patterns, the second one, that qualia experiences derive from the interaction of a proto-consciousness with the brain’s neural activity.

From this comparison it will be possible to judge which one seems to better explain the different qualia experiences and to offer a more promising research agenda.

Keywords: qualia, consciousness, brain, mind, quantum physics

Suggested Citation

Tressoldi, Patrizio E. and Facco, Enrico and Lucangeli, Daniela, Emergence of Qualia from Brain Activity or from an Interaction of Proto-Consciousness with the Brain: Which One Is the Weirder? Available Evidence and a Research Agenda (April 15, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2765331 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2765331

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Enrico Facco

University of Padova ( email )

Via 8 Febbraio
Padova, 2-35122
Italy

Daniela Lucangeli

University of Padova ( email )

Via 8 Febbraio
Padova, 2-35122
Italy

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