The Mimetic Origins of Self-Consciousness in Phylo-, Onto-and Robotogenesis

  title={The Mimetic Origins of Self-Consciousness in Phylo-, Onto-and Robotogenesis},
  author={James Baldwin},
The paper presents and defends the mimetic hypothesis concerning the origin of selfconsciousness in three different kinds of development: hominid evolution, the mind of the child, and the epigenesis of mind within an artificial autonomous system, a robot. The proposed crucial factor for the emergence of self-consciousness is the ability to map between one’s own subjective bodyimage and those of others, supported by a partially innate ‘mirror system’ [1]. Combined with social interaction, this… CONTINUE READING


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