DOI: 10.14704/nq.2015.13.2.820

Consciousness: A Non-reductive Study Based on a Non-coding RNA Gene

Sirajul Husain

Abstract


We ascribe the insurmountable problems posed by central issues in cognitive neuroscience as to how a physical brain engenders meaning and how meaning is represented, to the conventional reductionist approach to consciousness. While neurobiology is ontologically necessary for processing multisensory information, it is not epistemologically sufficient to engender meaning in a conscious experience, as well as, representation of meaning, before it is expressed linguistically. We postulate a field of epistemic faculty of consciousness to emerge nonreductively by virtue of a non-coding RNA gene (human accelerated region 1F, HAR1F) found to be responsible for development of cerebral cortex, to regulate two cognitive functions simultaneously: One, to integrate multisensory information as a source of meaning based on the assumption that each sensory input carries a specific semantic potential; and two, to represent meaning in a semantically coextensive fashion, independent of a natural language. A unified cognitive field equation of consciousness is formulated to mathematically describe emergence of meaning and its representation. A principle of meaning-energy equivalence is derived as a basis of exploration of mind, free will, and self.

Keywords


Non-coding RNA gene; Human accelerated region 1; HAR1F; consciousness; universal field; quantum-consciousness; neurocatalysis; energy equivalence

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