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
Date Written: April 15, 2016
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
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