Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 15, Iss. 3, July, 2011, pp. 335-357
@2011 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences


Q-consciousness: Where is the flow?

Gus Koehler, University of Southern California, Sacramento Centery

Abstract: What can recent research on quantum-consciousness (Q-consciousness) tell us about the connection between quantum level phenomena and human consciousness? Q-consciousness theorists propose and experimenters purport to show evidence linking quantum mechanisms of one kind or another to changes in biologically important atomic and molecular processes that produce and shape ”consciousness.” Several mechanisms are identified. In the studies reviewed, consciousness is not operationally defined. How Q-level events influence or are responsible for the complex performance of consciousness in its environment is not specified. Several problems with specifying causality within and between different temporalities at the biological and quantum level are not addressed. The morphogenic rules that govern the origin, continuous or discontinuous, and spontaneous presenting of an organized consciousness are missing. The literature reviewed shows that there are causal links between quantum events and molecular changes that affect biological processes such as photosynthesis and bird migration. Even so, the connections between the quantum level of reality, biological processes, mind and the diverse flow of consciousness are not well and consistently defined, or characterized and understood in ways useful for conducting research of the morphogenesis of consciousness. No overall experimental direction is Q-consciousness research is discernable. Finally, the preponderance of limited experimental evidence does not point toward a particular Q-consciousness theory. Suggestions are made about how recasting cell doctrine, thinking of consciousness as ”performance,” and nonlinear and complexity theory may provide some guidance relevant to the possible flow of Q-consciousness.

Keywords: quantum-consciousness, consciousness, consciousness research, time-ecology, time, performance