QR6.3 Evolving Consciousness

How physical brains become conscious has been a mystery for a long time:

“How it is that anything so remarkable as a state of consciousness comes about as a result of irritating nervous tissue, is just as unaccountable as the appearance of the djinn when Aladdin rubbed his lamp in the story.” Thomas Henry Huxley, 1863

If the brain is layer upon layer of neural processing and if nerves cause consciousness, why doesn’t it happen whenever nerves do their job? Why don’t we have conscious awareness of the nerves that register balance or that apply syntax rules to language? The brain does many things at once so why are we only aware of the final result of different neural processes? Why is there a unity of consciousness, so we have only one “I”? It turns out that the problem of unified action doesn’t just apply to the brain but also to cells, suggesting that our macro-consciousness evolved from micro-consciousness at the cell level.

QR6.3.1 Cell Unity

QR6.3.2 Orchestrating Coherence

QR6.3.3 Quantum Nerves

QR6.3.4 Brain Waves

QR6.3.5 Consciousness By Synchrony

QR6.3.6 Field Theories of Consciousness

QR6.3.7 Consciousness By Entanglement

QR6.3.8 Consciousness Takes Time

QR6.3.9 Consciousness Scales

QR6.3.10 Consciousness Cascades

QR6.3.11 The Silicon Chip Speculation

QR6.3.12 The Nature of Consciousness

QR6.3.13 The Grand Evolution

QR6.3.14 Is Consciousness Conserved?