Title: Thinking, future and 'non'-causality. On life and consciousness in the complex plane

Authors: Gerhard Luhn; Gerald Hüther

Addresses: Akademie für Potentialentfaltung/Academy for the Exploration of Human Potentials, Wilhelm-Weber- Str. 21, D - 37073 Göttingen, Germany ' Akademie für Potentialentfaltung/Academy for the Exploration of Human Potentials, Wilhelm-Weber- Str. 21, D - 37073 Göttingen, Germany

Abstract: This paper challenges the perspective of modern homo oeconomicus towards self-interest and egoism. This old perspective relays upon basic causal and deterministic assumptions derived from (neuro)biological and philosophical approaches which are incompatible with the non-linear nature of and the self-organising capability of living systems. We therefore propose a new concept, which explores the two dimensions of information: a causal and a 'non'-causal dimension. It is shown in this contribution, how the 'non'-causal dimension deals with the future, by following a mathematically imaginary dimension, and thereby covering rich phenomenal experiences. We propose a novel system model, which recognises both, the real world and the imagined future world. This model explains the appearance of the stream of human consciousness, enabling our development by enfolding of our potentialities. This paper provides the fundament for a new interpretation of neurobiological concepts about our self-understanding by covering valued real and imaginary dimensions.

Keywords: anthropology; biophysics; causal and 'non'-causal information; computational and systems biology; consciousness; dogmatism in quantum physics; evolutionary biology; future; 'imaginary' truth value; informational growth of living systems; neuroscience; thinking.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFIP.2017.085820

International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 2017 Vol.12 No.1/2/3, pp.5 - 36

Received: 02 Jan 2017
Accepted: 02 Apr 2017

Published online: 04 Aug 2017 *

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