Collapsing the Consciousness wave
A Dark Philosopher -
Karl L Le Marcsemail
Thus the evolutionary benefits of a corresponding evolution of consciousness areevident as Marcus himself states, “
our heightened level of self-awareness hasbestowed upon mankind an evolutionary advantage that’s allowed us to shape theworld according to our vision.
”However, what also comes with a realisation of self is a question about the externalreality; the objectivity of consciousness, “
but the ability to envision the future has a profoundly unsettling consequence.
Death awareness is the price we pay for self awareness.
” (Gordon Gallop Jnr)Therefore does an infant below 18 months old, with no (
or very little
) sense of self-awareness, have any comprehension of death? What of fear? Can consciousnesswithout a self-aware element experience fear? And fear of what exactly?Can the same question be applied to lower level consciousness, such as that withinplants etc:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33400752/ns/technology_and_science-science/The above article suggests that plants can recognise rivals and fight for survival.“
Plants can't see or hear, but they can recognize their siblings - They use chemical signals secreted from their roots.
”This again suggests a reactionary sentience rather than a self-reflexive awareness butclearly shows that the gradation of consciousness has to be far greater than commonbelief suggests.Biological and Neurological evolution therefore combine to bring humanconsciousness to where it lies today on the gradation of consciousness. Dr StephenGentleman confirmed that, “
in the brain we estimate there are something like 100 billion nerve cells
” and the substantially developed cortex in the human brain“
probably allows us to be self aware
”, but can the whole of consciousness be reducedto just the firing of individual neurons within the brain? In the brain stem it is theReticular Activating System which projects to the Thalamus and in-turn out to all theCortex much in a similar way that a computer’s memory functions and certainly in linewith the latest holographic theories of brain functionality to Dr Gentleman’s conclusionthat consciousness depends upon “
constant activation of the cortex
”.This suggestion is supported by the evidence of Prof Marcelo Massimini and theexperiment that Marcus du Sautoy underwent with the Transcranial MagneticStimulation (TMS). Massimini suggests that consciousness is caused by the“
interconnectivity among different elements
” with the brain and that during sleep, andpresumably certain parasomnias, such interconnectivity is significantly subdued.Marcus contentiously asked, “
scientists already know that the brain remains activeduring sleeping so what does happen when we doze off and lose consciousness
?”Is consciousness “
” during sleep or is the functionality merely reduced andquietened? We all dream and phenomena such as Lucid Dreaming, Astral Travel etcsuggest a functioning state of consciousness during certain periods of the sleep cycle.If we look at the parasomnias from the hypnogogic state on dozing to thehypnopompic state on waking and the myriad of altered states of consciousnessbetween, which are beautifully described in Jeff Warren’s excellent book “
”,such as somnambulism, sleep paralysis, sleep terrors, bruxism etc then thesuggestion is that consciousness is far from “
” during sleep and any altered stateof consciousness, even to coma states.
A Dark Philosopher
Karl L Le Marcs