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On Taking Monism Seriously

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Analogy with the monisms of fundamental physics suggests that a concept of symmetry breaking is likely to help towards developing an understanding of mind/matter monism. I explore some possible consequences of this concept, arguing that a broken symmetry, involving energy and 'what-it-is-like-to-be-ness'along with time, may occur and may manifest in the course of energy measurements. The resultant proto-panpsychist picture has the advantage of indicating how our complex, human consciousness could emerge from proto-conscious elements. It's an account that has empirical, refutable implications which are briefly discussed.
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Keywords: consciousness; energy; gauge theory; monism; panpsychism; symmetry; time; uncertainty

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 01 January 2013

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