A Comprehensive Theory of Consciousness I:
Enformy and Enformed Systems

Abstract: Toward a Science of Consciousness (Tucson III conference) April 27-May 2,1998

Donald E. Watson
Senior Research Fellow, International Society for Philosophical Enquiry
Gary E. Schwartz
Professor of Psychology, Neurology, and Psychiatry and director of Human Energy Systems Laboratory, University of Arizona
Linda G. Russek
Research associate and codirector of Human Energy Systems Laboratory, University of Arizona

A comprehensive theory of consciousness must explain, not only self-awareness, perception, "states of consciousness," and the self-aware entity, but all phenomena and noumena that are radically-related to these, including life itself, telepathy, PK, OBEs, precognition, morphogenesis, quantum coherence, and the homing and migratory behavior of animals. Because all elements of this set are products of organized systems, a comprehensive theory of holistic, coherent systems is required to explain them. Foundational to this theory is the organizing principle, enformy: the fundamental, conserved capacity to organize. Holistic, coherent systems that are organized and sustained by enformy are denoted "enformed systems."

 This is a brief overview of the Theory of Enformed Systems: An enformed system is the sum of its parts plus one essential component: a four-dimensional map of the relationships among these parts. This map in spacetime, itself a nonmaterial, nonphysical enformed system, is denoted "ipseon" (ipse=self). Enformy creates energy systems and material systems by organizing elements of energy and matter to conform to the spatio-temporal nonrandomness inherent in ipseons. Ipseons possess two properties—state-conformance and self-conformance—that maintain their integrity as entities. In living systems, these properties are expressed as self-awareness, perception, cognition, memory, and motor activity. In fundamental particles, they are expressed as wave/particle duality, nonlocality, and superposition. A third property of ipseons—coherency—allows ipseons to cohere with other ipseons in spacetime, creating nonlocal, atemporal interactions among multiple enformed systems at all levels of complexity. In living systems, coherency is expressed as telepathy, precognition, psychokinesis, social bonding, and homing and migratory behaviors. In systems of photons, it is expressed as quantum coherence.

 In sum, all elements of life and consciousness are products of enformed systems. Under the theory of enformed systems: (1) enformy, the organizing principle, is fundamental to energy and matter; (2) ipseons are nonmaterial, nonphysical systems that are fundamental to energy systems and material systems; and (3) systemics (the study of systems), the most fundamental branch of science, is therefore the "science of consciousness."