DOI: 10.14704/nq.2017.15.3.1054

Commentary: Fractals and the Irreducibility of Consciousness in Plants and Animals

J. Shashi Kiran Reddy, Y.V Suseela


In the present manuscript, we make few comments on the ideas proposed in Gardiner (2013), with little discussion and emphasis on Gardiner et al. (2010). In the latter article; which forms the base for Gardiner (2013), authors reviewed interesting research studies concerned with the fractal nature of the brain structure and its functional aspects and thereby proposed consciousness to be an emergent property occurring at higher dimensions. Even though above studies could be appreciated for their contributions in developing novel theoretical models and deeper understanding of consciousness, there exist few exceptions based on which their proposals may not be universally valid. Here, we consider the cases of ‘Cardiac arrest’ and ‘Near-Death experiences (NDEs),’ to comment and get deeper insights into such ideas. In this regard, present commentary serves as a useful contribution to any further studies along these lines.


Fractals; Consciousness; EEG; Near-Death Experiences (NDE); Cardiac Arrest; Brain

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