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Consciousness in Evolution: Sketch for a New Model – A Speculation

Author(s): Donald F. Padelford

Journal: Integral Review
ISSN 1553-3069

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 227;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Adaptive mutation | consciousness | directed mutation | entanglement | entropy | evolution | falsification | information / probability fields | interiority | natural philosophy | negentropy | non-locality | non-random | reductionism.

It is hypothesized that hierarchically negentropic systems (defined herein),including organisms, are associated with partially non-local information/probability fieldswhich, a) entail or express interiority, b) engender “entangled learning” with similarnegentropic systems, and c) cause otherwise random processes, including mutation inbiotic systems, to become somewhat non-random. These effects, which are believed to bedriven by quantum interactions, modify those identified with the Modern EvolutionarySynthesis. A series of tenets, or broad organizing principles, related to such systems andtheir associated fields, are enumerated. An empirical test which could potentially falsifycertain aspects of the hypothesis is given.
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