ANS52(3-4)141-145 - ACTIVITAS NERVOSA SUPERIOR Activitas...

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Activitas Nervosa Superior 2010; 52 :3-4,141-145 141 E VOLVED C ONSCIOUSNESS Richard A. Mould* Department of Physics and Astronomy, State University of New York, Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3800, USA. Received December 12, 2010; accepted December 18, 2010 Abstract The purpose of consciousness in primitive creatures is found to be the repression or enhancement of completing path- ways of evolution. In advanced creatures such as humans the purpose of consciousness has become the repression or en- hancement of competing neurological pathways. The „causal‟ influence of consciousness is the same in both cases. A previous paper describes the introduction of pain and fear consciousness in a primitive fish, and the intermediate intro- duction of the fish‟s visual experience. The manner of introduction of these conscious experiences is essential to their matching physical behavior in the right way – so subjective experiences emerge in parallel with the behaviors to which they are appropriately attached. When the same cause-and-effect principles are applied to pleasure and desire conscious- ness, familiar human patterns emerge. Novel behaviors such as the neuromotor control of a prosthetic device are also explained in this way. Key words: Consciousness; Desire; Pain; Physics; Repression BACKGROUND It is proposed in a previous paper that consciousness is introduced into a species by a genetic mutation in such a way that consciousness and physiology evolve in paral- lel with one another. That is, subjective experiences will follow and reflect evolving physical behaviors (Mould, 2009a). It is assumed that organisms first evolve with- out the aid of consciousness, but that at some point a mutation introduces consciousness into a stimulus– response process that either supports or represses that process. The survival chances of the individual are the- reby enhanced or diminished, and this in turn supports the survival or extinction of the species. These mechanics insure that a species that emerges from a long evolution will enjoy a parallel and harmo- nious relationship between its physical and its psychic life. In a fanciful example we imagine a fish that evolves without consciousness. It is an automaton – a robofish. Through a process of evolutionary weeding out it has come to do all the things it needs to do to survive. It swims about, eats and digests, reproduces, and avoids life threatening predators; and in our particular example, it has learned to avoid jellyfish tentacles. We then im- agine that robofish undergoes a mutation that introduces pain consciousness. Pain consciousness has the property that it always represses any behavior to which it be- comes associated, as shown in Fig. 1. The fish has al- ready learned to withdraw from contact with jellyfish tentacles with a suitable degree of probability, but there remains some chance that it will continue contact. The fish may not have learned its lesson very well, so pain consciousness adds a further incentive that can go in
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