An unusual new idea in neuroscience suggests that our consciousness is derived from a field of electromagnetic waves emitted by neurons. This would be the newest theory of consciousness.
The idea is that these waves of electrical activity are sent by neurons and, as they spread to the sides of the brain, orchestrate our entire conscious experience. research, published last month in the journal Neuroscience of Consciousness, offers more theory than tangible evidence, but the author says it could pave the way for robots that really think and feel.
This author is Johnjoe McFadden, a molecular geneticist and director of quantum biology at the University of Surrey, who points to the flaws of other models of consciousness as the reason we do not have sensitive artificial intelligence or robots capable of realizing consciousness.
By publishing his theory of consciousness in the journal Neuroscience of Consciousness, Professor McFadden argues that consciousness is, in fact, the energy field of the brain. This theory could pave the way for the development of conscious AI, with conscious robots that have the ability to think, becoming a reality.
By recreating these electric waves in cars, McFadden suggests, engineers could bring it to light. McFadden’s hypothesis moves away from most neurologists, who generally see consciousness as a narrative that our brain constructs from our senses, perceptions, and actions. Instead, McFadden returns to a more empirical version of dualism – the idea that consciousness comes from something other than the matter of our brain – in this case, energy.
“How brain matter becomes conscious and manages to think is a mystery that has been meditated on by philosophers, theologians, mystics and ordinary people for millennia,” McFadden said in a statement. Press release. “I believe that this mystery has now been solved and that consciousness is the experience of nerves that connect to the brain’s self-generated electromagnetic field to drive what we call ‘free will’ and our voluntary actions,” he added.