Consciousness and Liquid Crystals

Consciousness is probably related to the liquid crystalline physical state of animal brains.

Thermoaesthetics
7 min readFeb 19, 2022

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This is an abstract painting by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz’s called “Nova Aurigae.” It looks like a fluid mixture of colors with many swirls or spirals and there’s something that looks vaguely like a face emerging from the chaos.
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz’s “Nova Aurigae.” Photo from WikiArt. Public domain.

“In this scheme of things consciousness is an emergent property of the liquid crystal, which need be no more mysterious than the ‘wateryness’ of water or the ‘colour’ associated with a wavelength.”

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Thermoaesthetics

A concept of aesthetic complexity based on universal animal preferences for mixtures of simple, more and less exciting physical and psychological opposites.