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Schrodinger's theory of Negentropy

  1. Jul 26, 2014 #1
    Erwin Schrodinger argued that negative entropy is the distinctive characteristic of life. Does this provide a simpler explanation of life and consciousness than conventional materialism?

    Conventional materialism holds that consciousness is tied to particles in the brain. This requires the assumption that there are particles constituting your body (A) and your consciousness (B), and A and B are the same. This theory, though widely accepted, is actually unsupported. It is also unlikely because A and B are small random subsets of the universe.

    Schrodinger's approach is more rigorous. If life is due to a process rather than simply matter, then we should be able to tie this process to other characteristics of life such as information processing. This is the case because mental processes are strongly endothermic (eg, ATP production) and the greatest information processing takes place when T is low in the entropy equation, dQ/T.

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  3. Jul 26, 2014 #2
    What authors assert this?
  4. Jul 26, 2014 #3
    Several. Everyone who believes that your consciousness ends permanently when the particles in your body dissociate. It's part of the "mind uploading" debate for example.

  5. Jul 26, 2014 #4
    Science certainly observes that consciousness arises from the activity of the brain. The way you phrase it, though, erroneously implies science asserts something like a 'consciousness particle'.
  6. Jul 26, 2014 #5
    Science doesn't assert that, no, only people who believe that the mind is the particles in the brain.

    What I'm saying is that consciousness has nothing to do with the particles, only processes. Because every process reoccurs infinitely with different particles, this means your consciousness reoccurs infinitely.
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  7. Jul 26, 2014 #6


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