Evolution's Gift: Subjectivity and the Phenomenal World

Document Type: 
Article
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Neuroscience
Topics: 
Theory of Consciousness
Keywords: 
consciousness, brain, subjectivity, retinoid system, core self
Deposited by: 
Arnold Trehub
Contact email: 
trehub@psych.umass.edu
Date of Issue: 
2011
Authors: 
Trehub, Arnold
Journal/Publication Title: 
Journal of Cosmology
Volume: 
14
Page Range: 
4839 - 4847
Number of Pages: 
8
Publisher: 
Journal of Cosmology
Place of Publication: 
USA
Publish status: 
Published
Abstract: 

A particular system of brain mechanisms, called the retinoid system, is proposed as the evolutionary adaptation responsible for the existence of subjectivity and our sense of being here in a surrounding 3D world. The structural and dynamic properties of the retinoid system successfully predict a novel conscious experience in which the brain constructs a vivid visual representation of of an object moving in space without a corresponding image projected to the retinas. Implications of the retinoid system for human creativity and our scientific understanding of the universe are suggested.

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