Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Neuronal Panpsychism

"Panpsychism is the view that everything has a mental life. Many people find this implausible because it seems weird to think that rocks and dust bunnies are cognizers in the same way that people or animals are cognizers. Panpsychism also seems to contradict the growing consensus among neuroscientists who claim that consciousness only “arises” when a certain level of cortical connectivity or information integration is present in the brain, especially in fronto-parietal circuits and other global workspaces."

"The key to explaining this data in a way that’s consistent with neuronal panpsychism is the “nesting” solution. The idea is that the “macro” consciousness of normal human adults is actually composed of the “micro” experiences of all the individual neurons. The feeling of global unity is therefore an illusion according to neuronal panpsychism. The feeling of being one great unified stream of experience is actually an aggregate of billions of microexperiences in the same way that a river is composed of countless water atoms."
Switch "illusion" with "form" and he's got it.

From: Minds and Brains blog (https://philosophyandpsychology.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/neuronal-panpsychism/)

See also "Hartshorne, God and Metaphysics: How the Cosmically Inclusive Personal Nexus and World Interact" HERE.

Also my "We're Microbial than Human" post and how it fits with process philosophy HERE.  In particular from a book on Hartshorne,
Hartshorne's ethical treatment of Leibnizian monads in Whiteheadian vein - that is, as societies of occasions guided by a dominant monarchical monad, is something that I look favorably upon due to my metaphysical commitment to panpsychism and panentheism.  For more information on that, see the section "Social Process," HERE.    
And, who is the dominant experiencer, then?  HERE.