Faculty Articles

Title

Coherent Energy Transfer and the Potential Implications for Consciousness

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Keywords

coherent energy transfer, consciousness, quantum biology

Publication Title

Journal of Cognitive Science

Volume

19

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

The argument that biological systems are too “warm and wet” to support quantum effects is becoming increasingly antiquated as research in the field of quantum biology progresses. In fact, not only is it becoming apparent that quantum processes may regularly take place in biological systems, but these processes may underlie the mechanisms of consciousness and propel our models of conceptualizing the human brain into the next era of scientific understanding. The phenomena of consciousness have allured scientists and philosophers for thousands of years, while a precise technical understanding has remained elusive. If possible, developing this understanding will likely be one of humanity’s greatest achievements. Knowing the fundamental processes that create conscious experience has far-reaching implications, from the potential birth of true artificial intelligence to a better understanding of mental health disorder etiologies and treatments. One major challenge in the mental health professions, and, ultimately, in empathy of any kind, is being able to see from and appreciate another person’s unique, subjective experience. Discoveries in the field of consciousness could help bridge this gap.

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