A scientific rationale for consciousness

  • Marc Henry Université de Strasbourg, UMR 7140, 4 Rue Blaise Pascal, 67000 Strasbourg
  • Jean-Pierre Gerbaulet N-LIGHT Endowment Fund, 30 rue de Cronstadt, 75015 Paris
Keywords: Consciousness, meaning, information, activity, matter, neurosciences


Consciousness is a concept that can be easily experimented but not easily defined. We show that the same observation applies to information, entropy and even energy. The best we can do is thus to generate and present “identity-cards” of these notions by listing their observable attributes with the help of mathematics, logics, information theory and thermodynamics. From a top-down approach starting from a view of reality based on a universal information field, emerges a ternary logical structure of consciousness that further generates, through meaning, a dualistic space-time continuum populated with an infinite number of “things”. The validity of our logical structure is backed by quotations from topmost scientists and by various mappings such as famous previous models used in philosophy and science. Implications in neurosciences are also briefly discussed.

Author Biographies

Marc Henry, Université de Strasbourg, UMR 7140, 4 Rue Blaise Pascal, 67000 Strasbourg

Marc Henry is a professor of chemistry at UNISTRA (University of Strasbourg). He has published (2019) about 140 papers cited about 10,000 times. He manages a research team of 10 members specialized in materials science and quantum chemistry. He has also developed new theoretical approaches of chemical bonding based on the electronegativity concept, with an extension towards quantum field theories in relation with the science of water under physical, chemical, biological aspects.

Jean-Pierre Gerbaulet, N-LIGHT Endowment Fund, 30 rue de Cronstadt, 75015 Paris

Jean-Pierre Gerbaulet is a retired engineer trained in physics at Orsay and in management. He has created and advised start-ups  in France, Hong Kong, USA, India, China and Africa (real estate, electronics, international trading, medical imaging, nutrition). He is expert in martial arts and has studied Christianity, Buddhism, Kabala, Sufism, Taoism, Vedanta philosophies in connection with Science. He is President of N-Light Endowment Fund collaborating with CS-DC UNESCO Unitwin, JIVA Ayurveda and WHO.

How to Cite
Henry, M., & Gerbaulet, J.-P. (2019). A scientific rationale for consciousness. Substantia, 3(2), 37-54. https://doi.org/10.13128/Substantia-634
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