Published on May 13, 2024, 8:27 pm

Title: Rethinking Consciousness And Evolution: The Orch Or Theory’S Bold Perspective

The hypothesis that consciousness preceded life challenges the conventional belief that consciousness evolved later. Stuart Hameroff, Anirban Bandyopadhyay, and Dante Lauretta explore this idea in their Orch OR theory of consciousness. According to Penrose, consciousness arises from quantum superpositions collapsing into definite states, involving a non-computable process distinct from classical physics.

Their theory suggests that proto-conscious moments in the early universe led to the development of life forms with goals, unlike non-life entities. These conscious feelings could have been the driving force behind survival behaviors and evolution. The team aims to study meteorites for evidence supporting their theory by looking for signs of life like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and organic materials.

Contrary to traditional views, they propose that evolution is not the source but the product of consciousness. While controversial, they argue that Penrose OR offers a profound and testable perspective on consciousness. By seeking common ground between human and artificial intelligence, Mind Matters delves into these complex intersections to provide insights that value human uniqueness amid advancements in artificial intelligence.


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