Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

The Extracellular Exosomal Crystalline Theory of Consciousness

Presenter Information

Jarod BenowitzFollow

Class

Article

Department

Physics

Faculty Mentor

David Peak

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

: Until recently consciousness has evaded scientific endeavor and has thus remained a problem of philosophy. This of course is changing with the rapid advance of brain imaging technology. Modern neuroscience has just begun to scratch the surface of one of the most intriguing phenomenological aspects of the universe. We propose the pursuit of a biophysically rigorous theory of consciousness by treating the brain as a soft porous metamaterial. We speculate that under certain necessary and sufficient conditions colloidal nanovesicles called exosomes will spontaneously form crystalline structures in the brain. Finally, we discuss the implications of such a structure qualifying as the seat of consciousness.

Start Date

4-9-2015 2:00 PM

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The Extracellular Exosomal Crystalline Theory of Consciousness

: Until recently consciousness has evaded scientific endeavor and has thus remained a problem of philosophy. This of course is changing with the rapid advance of brain imaging technology. Modern neuroscience has just begun to scratch the surface of one of the most intriguing phenomenological aspects of the universe. We propose the pursuit of a biophysically rigorous theory of consciousness by treating the brain as a soft porous metamaterial. We speculate that under certain necessary and sufficient conditions colloidal nanovesicles called exosomes will spontaneously form crystalline structures in the brain. Finally, we discuss the implications of such a structure qualifying as the seat of consciousness.