Understanding consciousness - cognition emotion behaviour – an Ancient-Modern East-West Systemic perspective.


  • Thomas Sui Leung WONG Ancient Balance Medicine Education Center Ltd
  • Annette GRATHOFF Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute
  • EC HUANG Ancient Balance Medicine Association


consciousness, cognition-emotion-physical-behaviour-perspective, Ancient-Modern East-West systems thinking, study of information, Yin-Yang spectrums, artificial deep neural-network ANN


Understanding consciousness has been the dream of human since the beginning of self-awareness in human history. Conflicts arose from ancient times between religious and philosophical, extending to modern times between systems thinking and systems sciences. Could we find a balance point between these Yin-Yang spectrums of ancient-modern, religious-philosophical, and systems_thinking-systems_sciences, and transform the reductionlistic conflicts into systemic resolutions similar to the harmony between theoretical quantum physics and experimental quantum physics? If the word consciousness has been used in so many field with so many different meanings, then let us investigate the components of consciousness including cognition, emotion, and behaviour separately. And then identifying the connections between these components should allow a new systemic consciousness to emerge for us to choose and understand. This system of consciousness would even evolve if we allow systemic tuning of the boundary with cybernetics and other ancient-modern east-west systems theories. However, even if we gain more understanding of consciousness through the investigation of parts-connections-structure-function-properties and input-boundary-output, we should not forget the boundary-openness for possibilities in the environment including possible parts, possible connections, possible structures, possible functions, and possible properties. Extending our investigation to different levels in the levels-spectrum could reveal the possible understanding of consciousness within physical objects all the way up the the consciousness of societies, countries, planets, solar system, or even the uni-verse or multi-verse. After systemic inquiry we would investigate the possibilities of systemic practice of into the field of artificial intelligence AI. Researches reveal artificial deep neural-network ANN consists of the cognition component to deal with inputs and the behaviour component to deal with outputs. Could we apply systemic practice to transform the deep tree structure in the middle of the neural-network to let AI-emotion to emerge and upgrade their consciousness to a higher level? Or should we purposely prevent it? We do not have any of the answers, and we can only let our understanding of consciousness evolve with the input and output cycle of interactions among stakeholders-observers. We believe such systemic interaction would connect our scattered information and emerged into knowledge or even to the wisdom level. We believe that such a systemic inquiry could cross-discipline into the field of the study of information as a systemic practice and a demonstration of Unity in Diversity.


Author Biographies

Thomas Sui Leung WONG, Ancient Balance Medicine Education Center Ltd

Lecturer, Ancient Balance Medicine Education Center Ltd. 
Researcher, Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute.
1999 - Master of Engineering in Telecommunications (by research), Australia Telecommunication Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.
1998 - Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou University of TCM, China. Include one year full-time internship in Guangdong Provincial hospital of TCM at different departments.
1992 - Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology with first class honours (by research), University of Western Australia, Australia.

Annette GRATHOFF, Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute

2014 - 2019   Carl von Ossietzky University of OldenburgCarl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg Dr.rer.nat., Biologie2006 - 2009
    • Doktorats Studium. Vergleichbar dem heutigen PhD Studium