Axioms, properties and criteria: Roles for synthesis in the science of consciousness

@article{Clowes2008AxiomsPA,
  title={Axioms, properties and criteria: Roles for synthesis in the science of consciousness},
  author={Robert W. Clowes and Anil. K. Seth},
  journal={Artificial intelligence in medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={44 2},
  pages={
          91-104
        }
}
Synthetic methods in science can aim at either instantiating a target phenomenon or simulating key mechanisms underlying that phenomenon; 'strong' and 'weak' approaches, respectively. While the former assumes a mature theory, the latter find its value in helping specify such theories. Here, we argue that artificial consciousness is best pursued as a (weak) means of theory development in consciousness science, and not as a (strong) axiom-driven project to build a conscious artefact. As with the… Expand
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