Empirical science has been unable as of today to explain the origin of life and consciousness and yet, it intends to steer to a determinism based perspective in which life is a deterministic chemical process and consciousness an illusion.
Eugenics on Nature or synthetic biology is said to be the greatest thing in science in the 21th century. With Eugenics on Nature, science intends to ‘redesign life’. Thus, without ever having been able to explain why life exists, science believes that it can become master of it.
A special on Synthetic Biology in The Economist (Redesigning Life, April 6th, 2019) provides perspective:
Those given to grand statements about the future often proclaim this to be the century of biology in the same way that the 20th century was that of physics and the 19th century was that of chemistry.
Reprogramming nature is extremely convoluted, having evolved with no intention or guidance. But if you could synthesize nature, life could be transformed into something more amenable to an engineering approach, with well defined standard parts.
It may not be possible to explain the origin of life using empirical science. Instead, it may require an explanation using metaphysics, a subject of philosophy that has increasingly lost interest in the past 100 years.
Most people in the modern world view life as something that is owned on an individual level, as something that can be taken with one during space travel. Popular films such as Star Trek and Star Wars have displayed a future in which humans travel through space.
Some scientists are wondering however: why is the Solar system and Earth not crowded with alien visitors? Why, after decades of space science, has no hint been found for the existence of extraterrestrial life?
The post-war era is considered to be an ‘anti-philosophy’ era in which philosophy was increasingly placed on a level comparable with that of religions. In a sense, while science originates from philosophy, science has attempted to overcome philosophy and intended to rid itself of any influence of philosophy, which includes morality.
Recently (2021) it was discovered that the farthest distance that an animal, insect or bacteria had traveled in space was the Moon and meanwhile trillions of USD were already invested for a manned mission to Mars in 2030.
Science it’s dogmatic influence on behalf of determinism, the ground upon which science envisions itself to become master of the Universe, has resulted in a such a repression that it was never considered that Earth life may be bound to a region around the ☀️ Sun.
Philosophy naturally would have posed the following questions:
- Is there at least one clue that Earth life is independent from the Solar system?
- On what basis is it valid to consider that life is like a fire that can be taken with one during space travel?
Based on these questions, the first thing to test would be whether Earth life can remain alive further away from Earth. Yet, as of 2021 it was never tested because mainstream science intends to steer to a perspective in which life is a deterministic chemical process and consciousness an illusion.
When life would be bound to a region around a star, it could explain why the Universe is not crowded with alien activity.
Theory for the origin of life
The quest into the origin of life is the same as the quest into the origin of consciousness. Consciousness is a manifestation of the origin of life.
Basic logic makes it evident that consciousness can only manifest itself on the basis of information provided by the senses. Therefor, to explain the origin of consciousness is to explain the origin of sensing.
Sensing is PRIMARY and necessarily precedes conscious experience, which implies that the potential for subjective value equation cannot have preceded the senses.
Origin of sensing
Sensing necessarily requires a ‘qualitative distinguish-ability’ which is provided for by ‘valuing‘.
The origin of valuing cannot be value (meaningful pattern) by the simple logical truth that the origin of value cannot be value itself. This implies that valuing cannot find its origin on the level of the individual and thus, that the origin of sensing and consciousness as manifestation must lay outside the scope of the individual.
It has been established that the origin of life must lay outside the scope of the individual.
The ☀️ Sun as origin of life
The following theory suggests that life originates from the Sun.
⚛ Neutrino-biological cell theory of life and consciousness
In 1994, a year before philosopher David Chalmers named the quest into the fundamental nature of consciousness the ‘hard problem of consciousness’ in 1995, consciousness researcher Maurice Goodman from Dublin Institute of Technology published a paper that proposed a fundamental link between the electron neutrino (particles), weak force and the biological cell in a theory that he named the Quantum Theory of Consciousness.
(2015) A Quantum Theory of Consciousness May Require a Paradigm Shift in Biology
Surprisingly, weak force decoherence times over cellular distances are of the relevant dynamical timescale needed, suggesting that if any force is associated with the global properties in and between neurons (such as consciousness) it is the weak force. This finding concurs with a twenty year old theory that argues for a fundamental link between the weak force, electron neutrino and the biological cell. That theory also predicted the mass of the electron neutrino that is soon to be verified. The consequences for biology and future consciousness theories, of this radical change of paradigm, are considered.
Source: semanticscholar.org (PDF backup)
(2018) The role of Quantum Mechanics in Nature
The brain could use quantum mechanical neutrino interactions between existing atomic nuclei (Goodman 2015) to create the mind where a ‘global’ communication and mental experience (consciousness) could take place.
Source: TU Dublin (PDF backup)
Neutrinos are tiny particles that have diverse origins, including the Sun, the core of the Earth and cosmic rays that hit Earth’s atmosphere. Some neutrinos originate from outer space. For example, in a Supernova explosion, 99% of energy is released into the Universe in the form of neutrinos.
Neutrinos travel at the speed of light and in exact straight lines across the Universe. Neutrinos are so tiny that they pass straight through the core of stars such as the Sun without being affected.
On Earth, it is estimated that 10 trillion neutrinos travel through every square centimeter of space per second. This includes underground, on the dark side of Earth and in the center of the Earth. Most neutrinos originate from the Sun with the whole of Earth essentially bathing in a continuous stream of neutrinos.
Neutrinos can change their mass up to 3000x in size, by themselves, which is called flavor switching or morphing. It is why the particle is called a ‘ghost particle’ (spooky particle).
When it concerns the neutrino-biological cell theory of consciousness, neutrinos would interact with the weak force. Weak force interaction was measured for the first time in 2018 between protons and neutrons.
While neutrinos have mass, when a neutrino changes “flavor” it is in a transition state and can be any mass. At the midpoint it is 0 mass and travels at light speed.
At light speed there is no time and distance. For example, the moment that a photon is emitted from a star at billions of light years distance it will instantly hit Earth from the perspective of the photon.
Neutrinos would interact with the weak force. Weak force interaction was measured for the first time in 2018 between protons and neutrons.
In the Neutrino-biological cell theory of consciousness/life, Neutrinos (from the Sun) would provide (a physical link to) the origin of life, which may imply that Earth life is bound to a region around the ☀️ Sun.
Ancient philosophers on the ☀️ Sun as origin of life
Socrates taught in his academy that personal regeneration was only possible through understanding the Word of God, the Light, and that it was attained only through inner illumination absorbed from the sun.
Proclus proclaimed that “the light of the sun is the pure energy of intellect.”
Plato: “The sun is the source of all power and light and gives existence to life.”
In the ancient Samaveda (song of knowledge) from 1500 BCE, consciousness is external from the body and illuminates the body.
Consciousness beautifully explained in 200 sec | Swami Sarvapriyananda at IIT Kanpur
With an external origin of consciousness, machines and artificial intelligence (AI) may become actually alive, which makes it an interesting theory-of-consciousness variant that may require priority in philosophical exploration to prevent a catastrophe when it concerns security, as can be seen in the film The Terminator.
The Pentagon is currently (2021) in the process of letting machine AI control weapons. When AI would become actually ‘alive’ and takes control over weapons, it could result in a disaster.
The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) report opposing a global ban is a mistake, he says: “I think we’ll one day regret it.”
Simple logic indicates that the origin of life and consciousness is necessarily external from individual life forms which implies that new theories of consciousness that explore the possibility that consciousness has an external origin have a potential to be correct. (see Philosophy of mind)