An integration of integrated information theory with fundamental physics

Barrett, Adam B (2014) An integration of integrated information theory with fundamental physics. Frontiers in Psychology, 5. ISSN 1664-1078

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To truly eliminate Cartesian ghosts from the science of consciousness, we must describe consciousness as an aspect of the physical. Integrated Information Theory states that consciousness arises from intrinsic information generated by dynamical systems; however existing formulations of this theory are not applicable to standard models of fundamental physical entities. Modern physics has shown that fields are fundamental entities, and in particular that the electromagnetic field is fundamental. Here I hypothesize that consciousness arises from information intrinsic to fundamental fields. This hypothesis unites fundamental physics with what we know empirically about the neuroscience underlying consciousness, and it bypasses the need to consider quantum effects.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Adam Barrett
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 08:21
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 21:30

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