In an article in Live Science on February 2, the author reviewed two papers published in the journal Cell, there apparently is ancient roots to a viral infection leading to the advent of human consciousness. From what the researchers reported in the papers published by Cell, the Arc gene that causes RNA information to be packaged and passed between neural cells, has similar functions as a virus, and that could be its origin.
This leads in nicely for class, as viruses are next up for our class concepts, and how microbes interact, and bring about change in the world is always part of our microbiological studies.
I found this fascinating, and think this could lead to even greater understanding about how humans have evolved, and how we went from animal to man. From this study, I wonder if we might not discover how thoughts originate and how thoughts are stored and remembered? Could this discovery lead to new ways to explore the human consciousness?