Consciousness: Here, There but Not Everywhere
Integrated Information Theory (IIT) provides a principled account of both the quantity and the quality of an individual experience, and a calculus to evaluate whether or not a particular system of mechanisms is conscious and of what.
Quantum Mechanics and the Human Brain. New Properties of Consciousness
- PhysicsBiomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research
that consciousness affects quantum mechanics ... but that it generally appeared thanks to it. They suggest that we may need a quantum theory to generally understand how the brain works. Could it be…
Quantum Information in Neural Systems
The presented results show that fast decoherence timescales could assist cognitive binding through quantum entanglement across extensive neural networks in the brain cortex, and show that quantum coherence of individual subsystems cannot be used for cognitive binding because it is a physical mechanism that leads to separability and non-interaction.
An algorithmic information theory of consciousness
- Computer Science, BiologyNeuroscience of consciousness
It is shown that algorithmic information theory provides a natural framework to study and quantify consciousness from neurophysiological or neuroimaging data, given the premise that the primary role of the brain is information processing.
Non-separability of Physical Systems as a Foundation of Consciousness
A hypothesis is presented that non-separability of degrees of freedom is the fundamental property underlying consciousness in physical systems. The amount of consciousness in a system is determined…
Reality as a Vector in Hilbert Space
I defend the extremist position that the fundamental ontology of the world consists of a vector in Hilbert space evolving according to the Schrödinger equation. The laws of physics are determined…
Towards Quantum Integrated Information Theory
- Computer Science
This paper takes the first steps towards a formulation of a general and consistent version of IIT for interacting networks of quantum systems.
Emergent rules of computation in the Universe lead to life and consciousness: a computational framework for consciousness
- Biology, Computer ScienceInterdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems
It is hypothesized that the Universe encodes rules in the form of physical laws that allow for the emergence of both life and conscious organisms in a Universe capable of supporting information processing and has energy.
Quantum mereology: Factorizing Hilbert space into subsystems with quasiclassical dynamics
- PhysicsPhysical Review A
We study the question of how to decompose Hilbert space into a preferred tensor-product factorization without any pre-existing structure other than a Hamiltonian operator, in particular the case of a…
Toy observer in unitary evolution: Histories, consciousness, and state reduction
For a toy version of a quantum system with a conscious observer, it is demonstrated that the many-worlds problem is solved by retreating into the conscious subspace of an entire observer history. In…
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- PhysicsPhysical review. E, Statistical physics, plasmas, fluids, and related interdisciplinary topics
It is argued that the degrees of freedom of the human brain that relate to cognitive processes should be thought of as a classical rather than quantum system, i.e., that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the current classical approach to neural network simulations.
How unitary cosmology generalizes thermodynamics and solves the inflationary entropy problem
We analyze cosmology assuming unitary quantum mechanics, using a tripartite partition into system, observer, and environment degrees of freedom. This generalizes the second law of thermodynamics to…
On Math, Matter and Mind
We discuss the nature of reality in the ontological context of Penrose’s math-matter-mind triangle. The triangle suggests the circularity of the widespread view that math arises from the mind, the…
Self comes to mind : constructing the conscious brain
- Psychology, Art
This title is winner of the CORINE International Book Award 2011. It is from one of the most important neuroscientists at work today, a path-breaking investigation of a question that has confounded…
Experimental and Theoretical Approaches to Conscious Processing
- Psychology, BiologyNeuron
Zeno's paradox in quantum theory
- Physics, Mathematics
A quantum-theoretic expression is sought for the probability that an unstable particle prepared initially in a well-defined state will be found to decay sometime during a given interval. It is argued…
Many worlds? : Everett, quantum theory, and reality
Many Worlds: an Introduction 1. WHY MANY WORLDS? 1. Decoherence and Ontology 2. Quasiclassical Realms 3. Macroscopic Superpositions, Decoherent Histories, and the Emergence of Hydrodynamical…
From fixed points to chaos: Three models of delayed discrimination
- Psychology, Computer ScienceProgress in Neurobiology
The emergence of classical properties through interaction with the environment
The dependence of macroscopic systems upon their environment is studied under the assumption that quantum theory is universally valid. In particular scattering of photons and molecules turns out to…
Decoherence produces coherent states: An explicit proof for harmonic chains.
- MathematicsPhysical review. E, Statistical physics, plasmas, fluids, and related interdisciplinary topics
We study the behavior of infinite systems of coupled harmonic oscillators as t->infinity, and generalize the Central Limit Theorem (CLT) to show that their reduced Wigner distributions become…