Thursday, June 21, 2007

New Developments in TGD and Their Implications for TGD Inspired Theory of Consciousness

There have been quite an impressive development in the understanding of quantum TGD at the basic level, and the interaction of the new ideas with TGD inspired theory of conciousness and model of quantum biology will be a fascinating adventure. The first task was to write a chapter summarizing the updatings and develop a systematic overall view about the consequences for TGD inspired theory of consciousness. I glue the abstract of the chapter here.

The conflict between the non-determinism of state function reduction and determinism of time evolution of Schrödinger equation is serious enough a problem to motivate the attempt to extend physics to a theory of consciousness by raising the observer from an outsider to a key notion also at the level of physical theory. Further motivations come from the failure of the materialistic and reductionistic dogmas in attempts to understand consciousness in neuroscience context.

There are reasons to doubt that standard quantum physics could be enough to achieve this goal and the new physics predicted by TGD is indeed central in the proposed theory. The developments in quantum TGD during last years have led to a fusion of real and p-adic physics by using generalization of number concept, to the realization of the crucial role of hyper-finite factors of type II1 for quantum TGD, to the generalization of the imbedding space implying hierarchy of quantized values of Planck constant, to so called zero energy ontology, and to the reduction of quantum TGD to parton level with parton understand as 2-D surface whose orbit is light-like 3-surface, and to the realization that quantum TGD can be formulated as almost topological quantum field theory using category theoretical framework.

These developments have considerably simplified the conceptual framework behind both TGD and TGD inspired theory of consciousness and provided justification for various concepts of consciousness theory deduced earlier from quantum classical correspondence and properties of many-sheeted space-time.

The notions of quantum jump and self can be unified in the recent formulation of TGD relying on dark matter hierarchy characterized by increasing values of Planck constant. Negentropy Maximization Principle serves as a basic variational principle for the dynamics of quantum jump and must be modified to the case of hyper-finite factors of type II1 The new view about the relation of geometric and subjective time together with zero energy ontology leads to a new view about memory and intentional action. The quantum measurement theory based on finite measurement resolution and realized in terms of hyper-finite factors of type II1 justifies the notions of sharing of mental images and stereo-consciousness deduced earlier on basis of quantum classical correspondence. A new element is finite resolution of quantum measurement and cognitive and sensory experience. Qualia reduce to quantum number increments associated with quantum jump. Self-referentiality of consciousness can be understood from quantum classical correspondence implying a symbolic representation of contents of consciousness at space-time level updated in each quantum jump. p-Adic physics provides space-time correlates for cognition and intentionality.

For details see the new chapter New Developments in TGD and Their Implications for TGD Inspired Theory of Consciousness.


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