Thought I’d add some stuff I’ve come across…
Plants are remarkably similar to animals [considering they are plants] and have consciousness [or at least neuronal activity]. Read the link below its not very long [less than a page] and is very interesting.http://ds9.botanik.uni-bonn.de/zellbio/ ... roview.php
From new scientist issue 3rd sept/11page 11; brain chemistry existed long before the brain.In short [and not to break any rules] when looking for the origins of our brain, scientists have gone well beyond early man, chimps or even worms. Many key components first appeared in single celled organisms long before even nerve cells existed.
Choanoflagalletes are single celled organisms and hence do not have nerve cells, and yet proteins in these act the same as those in neurons.
These proteins are found in every nerve cell and control the release of chemicals neurons use to talk to each other! [neurotransmitters] for further intriguing fact read the full article in the mag.
----additional----- [my current philosophy on mind]
Consciousness is the network
Consciousness is not a thought, a collection of thoughts, a process, a collection of processes, it is the whole network of these things.
Networks are always entire, you can in terms of the internet [as an analogy] get a myriad of users loging on/off at any time, you may also have any number of things going on within the network, facebook, msn, blogs, forums etc. in a similar way the brain has many things going on, conceptual processing, sensory processing etc, and it may have neurons being used in different ways accordingly. However it is the entire thing that is the consciousness even though only the things being focused upon are experienced by the network, we could think of that experience as the user.
I had been perplexed by the idea that cells could/should be alive/conscious in and of themselves, or that collections e.g. in organs could have been their own entity. It seems that as soon as a cell is subsumed within the context of another a symbiosis of a kind occurs, the cells become a network formed of the communication in that relationship. this continues throughout evolution where everything brought into a network is what we know as ‘life-forms’, our entire body and brain is exactly that ~ a network experienced as a whole because all the parts are working together in a communicative relationship.
Perception probably occurs when a set of communications [working like facebook within the network -let us say] are acting at once to focus on something specific, and flicks between different prominent activities.
Experiential thought occurs at an epicentre of the network and one which is probably in no particular location in the brain.
Communications involve information and ‘thought’ or mind experiencing and collaborating the information. Once a pathway has been created such activities may become mechanistic in the sense of emulating the patterns used in the former thought processes. The latter is what we may think of as the subconscious and as the brain working like a computer/processor.
It would seam that in the process of communicating one party lies dormant or passive towards or compared to the active part which dominates. Throughout the evolutionary and foetal growth [which mimics that in an efficient way as coded by the genes] of life-forms, this trend is continued and is why there is always a single dominating active user of a network. Even in the case of a split-brain [where the two hemispheres are divided] you still have single users only the network has divided.
the truth is naked.
once it is written it is lost.
what is life; life is not a question.
genius is the result of the entire product of man.
death cannot be experienced.
life is not brought to us in slices of unrealised perfection, we get the whole cake.