A new study on consciousness led by scientists from Canada and France found out that consciousness is a side effect of the chaos within our brain circuitry during a state of entropy, an expression of disorder but a functional state of disorder.
To understand the state of consciousness is to understand the pathway from which humans can traverse to a state of the unknown.
Going down the rabbit hole is one of the mysteries mankind have tried to explore as depicted in classic literature like Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The recent interest in the topics of consciousness have inspired the sci-fi movies like transferable consciousness in Chappie and Selfless.
Picture an egg of which its whites and yolk are not yet separated - that is low entropy. Once you got it scrambled into complete disorder, that is high entropy.
As explained in the arrow of time, as time progresses, the second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of an isolated system never decreases. This implies that the arrow of time only moves forward.
To test that same thinking, the scientists tested 9 brains of which 7 of them were from people who had epilepsy.
The scientists looked the oscillating patterns and connectivity of neurons of the brain, they found out that in wakeful state in all of them, the brain is in high entropy.
This made the researchers argue that consciousness is an "emergent state" when the brain tries to maximize all available information.
The researchers are aware of the limitations of their study. They can set out a study to a larger number of subjects.
is published in Physical Review
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