DOI: 10.14704/nq.2019.17.2.1992

Where Scizophrenia and Consciousness Intersect: Disorders of Consciousness in Schizophrenia

James Paul Pandarakalam


The underlying biology of schizophrenia remains metaphorically an undiscovered black box and still requires a concentrated and rigorous extent of investigation. Consciousness is an enigma and an enigma cannot be defined, but it can be described. Consciousness itself requires better explanation in order to understand the symptoms of schizophrenia. Consciousness may have a
neurological origin, and the Penrose-Hameroff Orch OR theory may be helpful in elucidating only the mechanical quantum consciousness. The concept of quantum decoherence has been linked with psychopathology. A neuro-quantological approach has great potential for understanding the symptoms of schizophrenia as essentially disorders of consciousness. Auditory hallucinations may be acoustic holograms of parallel thinking. Non-clinical auditory hallucinations are not uncommon and pose an interpretational challenge. The symptoms of schizophrenia may encompass disorders of consciousness. Consciousness based studies of schizophrenic symptoms would necessitate formulations of new models of brain-mind-consciousness complex. A quantum leap is overdue in schizophrenia research itself both in the theoretical and experimental fields and the present paper is focussed on the former.


auditory hallucination-consciousness, metacognition, microtubules, Orch OR, quantum factors, schizophrenia

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