DOI: 10.14704/nq.2015.13.4.877

From Quantum Photosynthesis to the Sentient Brain

Donald Mender


Energy harvesting by photosynthesis in “brainless” plants and green algae is identified as the root non-trivially quantum process powering neural correlates of consciousness in humans and other “brainy” animals. Thermofield attributes of solar energy flow through the biosphere’s food chain are suggested as a “bottom up” mediator between quantum-coherent aspects of photosynthesis and emergent dynamical architectonics of transmembrane electrical potentials in neurons. This quantum-ecological approach to energetics of brain function as part of an open dissipative world system offers a segue, experimentally grounded by empirical evidence for photosynthetic coherence, into qualitatively gauged links between quantum tunneling and the Hard Problem of consciousness.


anthropic; coherence; chlorophyll; dissipative; entanglement; Explanatory Gap; food chain; Fourier duality; fractal; Hard Problem; Heisenberg; observable; photosynthesis; qualia; thermofield; transmembrane; tunneling; Z-process

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