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A Compositional Model of Consciousness Based on Consciousness-Only.

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Authors

Signorelli, Camilo Miguel  ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2110-7646
Wang, Quanlong 
Khan, Ilyas 

Abstract

Scientific studies of consciousness rely on objects whose existence is assumed to be independent of any consciousness. On the contrary, we assume consciousness to be fundamental, and that one of the main features of consciousness is characterized as being other-dependent. We set up a framework which naturally subsumes this feature by defining a compact closed category where morphisms represent conscious processes. These morphisms are a composition of a set of generators, each being specified by their relations with other generators, and therefore co-dependent. The framework is general enough and fits well into a compositional model of consciousness. Interestingly, we also show how our proposal may become a step towards avoiding the hard problem of consciousness, and thereby address the combination problem of conscious experiences.

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Keywords

combination problem, compositionality, conscious agents, consciousness, mathematics of conciousness, monoidal categories, panpsychism

Journal Title

Entropy (Basel)

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Journal ISSN

1099-4300
1099-4300

Volume Title

23

Publisher

MDPI AG
Sponsorship
Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (2016 - 72170507)
AFOSR (FA2386-18-1-4028)