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Analysis of the Phenomenon of Integrated Consciousness as a Global Scientific Issue


Svetlana Nikolaevna Semenkova, Olga Nikolaevna Goncharenko, and Alexandr Eduardovich Galanov


Vol. 22  No. 7  pp. 359-365


Scholars are paying increasingly close attention to brain research and the creation of biological neural networks, artificial neural networks, artificial intelligence, neurochips, brain-computer interfaces, prostheses, new research instruments and methods, methods of treatment, as well as the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases based on these data. The authors of the study propose their hypothesis on the understanding of the phenomenon of consciousness that answers questions concerning the criteria of consciousness, its localization, and principles of operation. In the study of the hard problem of consciousness, the philosophical and scientific categories of consciousness, and prominent hypotheses and theories of consciousness, the authors distinguish “the area of the conscious mind”, which encompasses several states of consciousness united by the phenomenon of integrated consciousness. According to the authors, consciousness is a kind of executor of the phenomenological idea of the “chalice”, so the search for it should be conducted deeper than the processes in the power of thought consciousness and transconsciousness, to which integrated consciousness can act as a lever. However, integrated consciousness may have the capacity to transcend into lower states of consciousness, which requires further study.


Transconsciousness, self-perception, qualia, mind-body problem, hard problem of consciousness.