Consciousness is a self-organizing process of nonmaterial quality (mind) coming from a material quantity (brain). In the Theory of Balanceology’s CACK Model the C stands for Consciousness, the A for Awareness, the second C for Comprehension, and the K stands for Knowledge. Consciousness brings different levels of awakefulness and alertness. As I point out in my theory, all living creatures have some level of environmental intelligence and alertness. But for humans there is some advanced autopoietic interaction that allows for consciousness to emerge from brain matter. This process of self-organization and self-creation requires us to be awake-and-alert to what we experience and perceive. Consciousness requires us to go into any situation with “eyes wide open,” because it will allow us to be awake-and-alert.
The subject of consciousness has been an exciting one to write, but it has also been overwhelming. Breathtaking to the extent that even in the Twenty-First Century there exists so much we don’t know and understand about brain anatomy, mind-body interactivity, consciousness/unconciousness, and perception/apperception. The need to understand our brain and its ability to have consciousness, awareness, comprehension, and the acquiring of new knowledge will continue to entice scientists, neurologists, philosophers, and psychologists far into the future. In my desire to understand these amazing human natural marvels, I designed the CACK Model. I created this model so I could have a guide and a map I could refer to in studying how consciousness eventually leads to new knowledge —> including useful knowledge of myself.
I sought to develop a state-of-the-art paradigm having an overall and broad view of strategies I could use in interacting with the events and happenings in my life. A major focus of mine in the Theory of Balanceology and the Balancetherapy Treatment Model is how to surface, emerge, and advance the levels of consciousness to awareness, awareness to comprehension, and finally comprehension onto useful knowledge. In addition, I wanted to construct a systematic operational model that allows me to have better judgment related to my decision-making. I view this model as a fine-tuning iterative process that neuronically progresses from a pre-condition of consciousness, onto awareness, onto comprehension, and finally the acquisition of new knowledge. I suggest this model is a repetitive process of proliferation capable of ever increased levels of inquiry and insight. I present the CACK Model as an incremental and sequential process related to consciousness, awareness, comprehension, and the acquiring of useable knowledge. In a later post, I will present a CuACK Model that applies to the unconscious and apperceptual world. The overall flow of the model follows this pattern:
In previous posts, I pointed out the entanglement of atomic particle-wave —–> i. e. material particles with immaterial waves. Now I suggest that somehow there has to be an entanglement of neuronal mind-brain ——> i. e. a material brain with immaterial consciousness. For me, it denotes that from a brain that is material, physical, and neurological there is generated a mind that is immaterial, psychological, and has nonphysical emotions, thoughts, ideas, and language. I have heard some compare the human brain to a computer that is hardwired. And, although I do understand the analogy, I declare that our brains are just too complex and intricate to be compared to computer and hardwired terminology. Our brains are so much more than a machine! A consciousness that leads to awareness, then self-awareness, and then onto self-comprehension just has to be more than electromagnetism, neurons firing, and neuro-transmitters. In the following box I state the consciousness and awareness problem in yet another series of questions:
Modern science has accepted a monistic view of the mind-body where both are of the same element. However, there exists a huge mystery generating many questions as to how consciousness (mind) can come from body (matter). I wonder, and ask, “What is there in brain neurology that brings about consciousness?” I ponder, and ask, “How is it possible for us to be able to have subjective conscious experiences from neural activity.” I ask, “How does the physical entity of brain matter produce a language that is aware of conscious experiences?” And, it is a curiosity of my how a neurology that produces consciousness can then generate a language that flows into various patterns of speech (more to come in future posts). An even deeper mystery for me exists when I ask, “How do humans who evolved from a long history of pre-aware creatures go on to acquire the unique ability to be self-aware creatures?” For me, there is just an immense mystery in the question, “How does consciousness become awareness and then become self-awareness?” No one knows! A significant component of my journey in life has been a deep desire to develop a naturalistic worldview that could replace an outdated supernatural worldview. However, just as important is my eagerness to promote a nature-based worldview that has an explanation for a consciousness (+ unconsciousness) that ultimately leads to self-awareness. I want to understand a self-awareness that can help me answer the major existential questions of mine –> “Who am I?,” “What am I?’” and “What is my place in the Universe?” Do the readers have these same questions?
J. Bronowski stated, “consciousness, then, is our mode of analysis of the outside world into objects and actions.” (1973) I state that consciousness has something to do with our experiences when we are awake, alert, aware, and aroused. To be conscious is beta wave brain activity of normal awake consciousness —-> I will discuss unconsciousness in posts to come. If traced back far enough, consciousness had its initial beginnings with the atomic creation from the Big Bang. Then the Big Birth (animate emerges from inanimate) takes the atoms from the initial Cosmic creation, and those same atoms evolve into cellular life. I keep in mind that all of life has some form of consciousness (maybe intelligence) starting with the tiniest cell. For is it not true, that even the tiniest cell has the capability to react to environmental stimuli? Jeremy Narby proclaimed, “nature teems with intelligence.” (2005) Thus, those atoms that became life had some form of rudimentary consciousness. This initial beginning of consciousness has been on a long evolutionary path on its way to become human self-awareness. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said the cerebralization of the human brain has been on a long journey to ever higher levels of consciousness and self-awareness. I agree that the cerebralization of our brain involves higher-levels of self-aware consciousness. However, in posts to come, I will address how it is to our advantage to bring to awareness our extended long evolutionary journey of those deeper-levels of personal and collective unconsciousness.
Consciousness is an energetic force, an awakening life force, a primal need for us. It is to our benefit to experience the mysterious nature of consciousness at all its stages and levels. At its most basic I ask, “What is consciousness?” The word comes from the Latin scire (to know) and cum (with). I view consciousness as having something that concerns “to know with.” The Japanese word chi-sci (chee-say) indicates a consciousness that allows for a knowingness of the natural world. I make a case that we are teleologically and entelechially driven to acquire knowledge, however this drive must be fostered and nurtured. I assert that deeper levels of consciousness will involve awareness, comprehension, and knowledge (more in posts to come). Additionally, I postulate that deeper levels of unconsciousness also involve awareness, comprehension, and knowledge (more to come). For me, consciousness includes natural world experiences that are perceptual (sensorial) and apperceptual (intuitive). The concept of consciousness raises questions like: “What is the role of consciousness in self-awareness?” and “What is the role of consciousness in satisfying our basal, deeper, and higher needs?” I advance the notion that without some degree of consciousness we will not have an awakening to a self-awareness of “Who am I”, “What am I,” and, “What is my place in the Universe?”
As I commence on the wide-ranging topic of human consciousness, I want to briefly review the Anthropic Principle, that distinguishes us from other earthly inhabitants. Bipedalism certainly differentiates us from most other creatures making us man-the-walker. The huge discovery of fire makes us man-the-firemaker. It is certainly true that the human tactile sense (our ability to touch and grasp) has had a significant influence on human capabilities. Our 5-digital hand dexterity makes for man-the-toolmaker and man-the-builder. Our highly developed language capability and our ability to record our history makes us man-the-writer and man-the-thinker, and actively discerns us from other world creatures. However, from my standpoint the two most unmistakable, top-notch, and shake-up factors setting us apart from all other living creatures on Earth are: 1.) human morality is innate guidance that we have inherited from a built-up storehouse of Perennial Wisdom and the Natural Moral Code. By way of the overlap and interactivity between consciousness and unsconsciousness this inborn guidance system gives us the capacity and the ability to make free will moral choices instead of just instinctually reacting to our environment, and 2.) human consciousness is our ability to be aware, comprehend, and acquire useful knowledge at various stages and levels. It gives us the capability of analysis, synthesis, inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, high intelligence, and most important self-awareness. At the unconscious level it allows for emotive and intuitive guidance to be pushed-up and pulled-up and surface to consciousness.