Bacteria and the cellular basis of consciousness

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Journals, Vol: 1, Issue: 11

Publication Year:
2016
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Touro College & University System
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Touro College Libraries; Alumni Association of New York Medical College, Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospitals, Inc.; Touro Scholar
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book description
According to Reber’s theory, the Cellular Basis of Consciousness (CBC), sentience originates as bio-sensitivity in unicellular organisms. For this reason, Reber regards sentience as evolutionarily foundational. Many bacteria show chemotaxis and, thus, according to CBC, they are sentient. Analysis of the genetic mechanisms underlying bacterial chemotaxis indicates that sentience has no explanatory power in this case. Genetic analysis also fails to show species continuity underlying bio-sensitivity in bacteria and bio-sensitivity in species with nervous systems, so it does not seem that sentience is evolutionary foundational. CBC is rejected on these grounds.