Quantum Spontaneity and the Development of Consciousness

There are several issues I touched on in passing in my paper “Quantum Spontaneity and the Development of Consciousness” (JCS 26, No. 1-2 2019, pp. 216-34) that I hoped would stimulate some discussion. The principles I’m reviewing here are foundational of most scientific-materialist theories of consciousness, and deserve to be considered independent of my own theory. RANDOMNESS I’ve challenged the …

Editorial Introduction

Garrett Mindt It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to introduce this special issue on the integrated information theory (IIT) of conscious-ness for the Journal of Consciousness Studies. IIT is the view that consciousness is integrated information in a system, the degree of which is quantified by a function denoted by the Greek letter Φ. IIT is …

Table of Contents: Vol. 26, No. 1-2, January/February 2019

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities Reflections on Integrated Information Theory Special Issue edited by Garrett Mindt 4 About Authors 7 Editorial Introduction Garrett Mindt 11 The Phi Measure of Integrated Information is not Well-Defined for General Physical Systems Adam B. Barrett & Pedro A.M. Mediano 21 Integrated Information Theory as a Complexity Science Approach to …

Altered States of Consciousness

Arne Dietrich Editorial Introduction   This special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies is about altered states of consciousness (ASCs). One might be forgiven for thinking that this is an obvious choice of topic for this journal, and the field of consciousness studies in general. After all, isn’t it the most normal of practices in science to systematically manipulate …

Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 25, No. 11-12, November/December 2018

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities Altered States of Consciousness Special Issue edited by Arne Dietrich 4 About Authors 9 Editorial Introduction: Altered States of Consciousness Arne Dietrich 13 Beyond the REM–NREM Dichotomy: A Multidimensional Approach to Understanding Dreaming Georgina Nemeth & Peter Fazekas 34 The Wandering Mind: Where Imagination Meets Consciousness Anna Abraham 53 Hypnosis …

Cell-to-Cell Communication

Theofylaktos Apostolou and Spyridon Kintzios   Evidence of Near-Instantaneous Distant, Non-Chemical Communication between Neuronal (Human SK-N-SH Neuroblastoma) Cells by Using a Novel Bioelectric Biosensor Abstract: According to an increasing number of reports, non-chemical, distant cellular interactions (NCDCI) may be responsible for a yet underestimated mechanism of cell-to-cell communication and coordinated cellular responses. Based on these and other experiments, an electromagnetic …

Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 25, No. 9-10, September/October 2018

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities 3 About Authors Refereed Papers 6 The Meta-Problem of Consciousness David J. Chalmers 62 Cell-to-Cell Communication: Evidence of Near-Instantaneous Distant, Non-Chemical Communication between Neuronal Cells by Using a Novel Bioelectric Biosensor Theofylaktos Apostolou & Spyridon Kintzios 75 A Structuralist Defence of the Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness Majid Davoody Beni …

Call for papers: The Meta-Problem of Consciousness

This is a call for papers for a symposium in the Journal of Consciousness Studies on David Chalmers’ new paper “The Meta-Problem of Consciousness”.   More than twenty years ago, David Chalmers published “Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness” in the Journal of Consciousness Studies. He distinguished between the “easy problems” of consciousness, and the “hard problem”: the problem …

Editorial Introduction – The Formation of Body Memory

Christian Tewes and Thomas Fuchs   1. Preliminary Remarks The contributors to this special issue have set out to analyse and investigate the psychological, biological, and social conditions of body memories and their impact on the constitution of collective memories. In contrast to episodic or semantic recollections, body memories such as habits shape the movements, postures, and gestures of the …

Table of Contents – JCS Vol. 25, No. 7-8, July/August 2018

Journal of Consciousness Studies controversies in science & the humanities The Formation of Embodied Memory Special Issue edited by Christian Tewes & Thomas Fuchs 4 About Authors 8 Editorial Introduction: The Formation of Body Memory Christian Tewes & Thomas Fuchs I. Temporal Characteristics of Embodied Memory Capacities 20 A Dynamical Approach to the Phenomenology of Body Memory Tom Froese & …