"Chemistry and Consciousness"

BTG Issue: 
September 1978 | Vol. 13 No. 9
Scientific Views / The Bhaktivedanta Institute

"At the present time the life sciences are dominated by the idea that life can be completely understood within the framework of chemistry and physics. By this point of view, all features of life, from the metabolic function of cells to the mental phenomena of thinking, feeling, and willing, are to be explained as the consequences of underlying chemical processes. ... Yet in spite of the popularity of this view, we can point to at least one feature of life – the phenomenon of conscious awareness—that is not amenable to this kind of explanation."

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