Conferences, Fourth International Conference "SCIENCE AND SCIENTIST – 2016"

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Consciousness: Contents, States, Levels, regarding; Synthesis from Neuroscience and Vedanta
A. K. Mukhopadhyay, M.D.

Date: 2016-08-27 11:05 AM – 11:45 AM
Last modified: 2016-08-17

Abstract


When we take a position that consciousness is an absolute invariant, then it is not possible to study such consciousness by any methodology of science. In the context of systems science, consciousness, however, could be described as systems-confined consciousness. When it is independent of systems, consciousness could be described as systems-independent consciousness. Consciousness, although, is not bound by any systems, having systems means introducing heterogeneity in otherwise homogenous, uniform, unconditional consciousness. With introduction of the systems, such as brain, there is generation of duality or plurality along with this heterogeneity of consciousness. Also during such occurrence, there is generation of a structure and process called ‘mind’, which acts as an organ of communication between two conscious systems. Further, consciousness could be studied better in the systems which is live, systems which is not only self-organized but also life-organized.   Thus, mind and ‘life’ within the systems are relevant co-players of consciousness within the systems. Within the live-systems, consciousness itself might be described in two ways, as the ground-consciousness and the consciousness, which is tailor-made, system-customized and operate as chief executive officer within the systems. The executive consciousness within the systems is customarily called ‘self’. Moreover, consciousness as the ground, inside or outside the systems, is neither inert nor non-committal. Consciousness within the systems acts as an active supportive ground as well as a participating ground, even if it executes its decision through ‘self’. As a supportive and participating ground, consciousness looks after what all have been going on in the autonomous operations of self (self-organization), ‘life’ (life-organization) and mind (mind-organization) of the systems. Mind, life, self, information and consciousness itself are five irreducible constituents of the “inter-phase” placed between system-bound consciousness and systems-independent consciousness.


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