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On the Emergence of Cognition and Consciousness: From Catalytic Closure to Neuroglial Closure

Version 1 : Received: 15 February 2020 / Approved: 16 February 2020 / Online: 16 February 2020 (15:01:47 CET)

How to cite: Perez Velazquez, J.L. On the Emergence of Cognition and Consciousness: From Catalytic Closure to Neuroglial Closure. Preprints 2020, 2020020222 Perez Velazquez, J.L. On the Emergence of Cognition and Consciousness: From Catalytic Closure to Neuroglial Closure. Preprints 2020, 2020020222

Abstract

In an analogous manner as occurred during the development of a connected metabolism that at some point reached characteristics associated with what is called ‘life’ ―due mainly to a catalytic closure phenomenon when chemicals started to autocatalyze themselves forming a closed web of chemical reactions― it is here proposed that cognition and consciousness (or features associated with them) arose as a consequence of another type of closure within the nervous system, the brain especially. Proper brain function requires an efficient web of connections and once certain complexity is attained due to the number and coordinated activities of the brain cell networks, the emergent properties of cognition and consciousness take place. Seeking to identify main features of the nervous system organization for optimal function, it is here proposed that while catalytic closure yielded life, neuroglial closure produced cognition/consciousness.

Subject Areas

consciousness; cognition; life; equivalence relation; synchrony; compartmentalization; closure; connectivity

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