Comparing the long-term evolution of ``cognitive invariances'' in physics with a dynamics in states of consciousness

Foundations of Science 6 (4):255-272 (2001)
It is shown that the evolution of physics canin several regards be described by elements of``regression'', i.e., that within a certaintradition of ideas one begins with theconstruction of most ``plausible'' statements(axioms) at hand, and then ``works onselfbackwards'' with respect to developmental terms.As a consequence of this strategy, the furtherwork proceeds along such a ``regressive'' path,the more one arrives at concepts andrelationships which are unexpected or evencounter-intuitive in terms of our everydayexperiences. However, a comparable phenomenology is wellknown from studies on states of consciousness.In particular, the evolutionary logic of theconstructions of major ``cognitive invariances''in physics, which is in part due to everincreasing rates of data processing, ismirrored in a logic of states of consciousnesswhich deviate from a ``normal'' state of dailyroutine along increasing levels of centralnervous arousal. Examples are given from the evolution ofphysics, and future perspectives are brieflyoutlined on the basis thereof.
Keywords arousal  constructions of invariances  evolutionary logic  physics  states of consciousness
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2004
DOI 10.1023/A:1011654702976
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 28,182
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Consciousness, Reduction, and Emergence: Some Remarks.M. Gell-Mann - 2001 - Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 929:41-49.
Two Faces of Intentionality.Suzanne Cunningham - 1997 - Philosophy of Science 64 (3):445-460.
Physics and Claims for Anomalous Effects Related to Consciousness.S. Jeffers - 2003 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 10 (6):135-152.
Contextual Emergence From Physics to Cognitive Neuroscience.Harald Atmanspacher - 2007 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 14 (1-2):18-36.
Epistemic Consciousness.C. N. - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 33 (3):425-441.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

27 ( #190,210 of 2,172,038 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #325,337 of 2,172,038 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums