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Chimeras and ConsciousnessEvolution of the Sensory Self$
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Lynn Margulis, Celeste A. Asikainen, and Wolfgang E. Krumbein

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015394

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015394.001.0001

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Thermodynamics and Thought

Thermodynamics and Thought

(p.241) 21 Thermodynamics and Thought
Chimeras and Consciousness

Dorion Sagan

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the relationship of purposeful choice-making behavior to the directional bias of naturally occurring complex systems ruled by thermodynamics. It argues that the sensitivities and responses of consciousness in humans and others emerge from naturally complex energy-driven systems. It illustrates that the purpose of life and other naturally organized complex systems is integrally linked to time’s arrow as defined by the second law of thermodynamics and energy’s spread. This chapter hypothesizes that consciousness is an outgrowth or variation of the naturally complex behavior of self-maintaining thermodynamic systems.

Keywords:   thermodynamics, consciousness, humans, purpose of life, naturally organized complex systems, energy-driven systems, thermodynamic systems

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