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Competitive Coherence Generates Qualia in Bacteria and Other Living Systems

Version 1 : Received: 14 September 2021 / Approved: 15 September 2021 / Online: 15 September 2021 (15:58:51 CEST)

How to cite: Norris, V. Competitive Coherence Generates Qualia in Bacteria and Other Living Systems. Preprints 2021, 2021090272 Norris, V. Competitive Coherence Generates Qualia in Bacteria and Other Living Systems. Preprints 2021, 2021090272

Abstract

The relevance of bacteria to subjective experiences or qualia is under-appreciated. Here, I make four proposals. Firstly, living systems traverse sequences of active states that determine their behaviour; these states result from competitive coherence, which depends on a connectivity-based competition between a Next process and a Now process whereby elements in the active state at time n+1 are chosen between the elements in the active state at time n and those elements in the developing n+1 state. Secondly, bacteria should help us link the mental to the physical world given that bacteria were here first, are highly complex, influence animal behaviour and dominate the Earth. Thirdly, the operation of competitive coherence to generate active states in bacteria, brains and other living systems is inseparable from qualia. Fourthly, these qualia become particularly important to the generation of active states in the highest levels of living systems, namely, the ecosystem and planetary levels.

Keywords

consciousness; qualia; network; bacteria; learning; phenotype

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