Volume 9 No 2 (2011)
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The Place and Role of Consciousness in Human Psychoarchitecture
Robert W. Boyer
The ontological place and causal role of consciousness is examined in evidence-based models of mind. The challenge is highlighted of placing disembodied functional cognitive models of conscious processes emphasizing downward causation into embodied neuropsychological structural models of unconscious processes emphasizing upward causation. Recent quantum theories that posit abstract information space and nonlocal mind are shown to be progressing toward the model of mind in ancient Vedic literature. The Vedic model provides the basis to resolve the challenge through an expanded ontology of subtler levels of nature underlying the physical.
psychoarchitecture, information space, nonlocal mind, Vedic model of mind
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