While evolution is guided by natural selection, it is internally driven by self-organizing processes. The brain encompasses these complementary forces and dynamics of evolution in both its structure and dynamics by embodying a historical record of the factors that have shaped it throughout its evolutionary past, as well as by being shaped by selective parameters in real time. Self-organization is evident in not only the brain’s structure and form, but also in the processes that support consciousness. From the convergence of complex structure and the novelty-generating dynamics of chaos that both characterize the brain arises the experience of explicit consciousness, with its endless scope of possible expressions.
"Consciousness, Evolution, and the Self-Organizing Brain,"
Journal of Conscious Evolution: Vol. 19, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.ciis.edu/cejournal/vol19/iss19/5
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