It seems that understanding the source of consciousness can help solve the upcoming evolutionary crisis but would require cooperation from various fields, including neuroscience, physics, subjective experiences, religion, and spiritual practices.
One of the commonly misunderstood aspects of comprehending consciousness is the tendency to view it in binary terms:
- Do we have consciousness?
- Who has consciousness?
For a more comprehensive understanding, research, and exploration, these questions should be reframed to consider consciousness as a spectrum. Such an approach equally acknowledges the importance of every level of consciousness, facilitating the development of higher-level answers to the moral and political questions posed by thinkers like Harari.
This idea stems from the research by Anirban Bandyopadhyay from National Institute for Materials Science, mentioned by Hameroff in a podcast with Keating. It delves into specific frequencies that transform microtubules into a highly conductive state instead of a resistant one, exhibiting triple peaks for every three orders of magnitude. This activity can be measured at the MHz and GHz levels, potentially offering insights into conditions like Havana syndrome.
Understanding the brain's physical design could pave the way for redesigning artificial intelligence systems to potentially achieve consciousness, assuming the hypothesis of a constrained external viewer from the information field is correct.
Another idea to explore is to think about the spectrum of consciousness in terms of the different levels of awareness that we experience. Thanks to Bardo for a discussion leading to this.