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Consciousness, cognition, and the hierarchy of context: expanding the global neuronal workspace

Wallace, Rodrick (2004) Consciousness, cognition, and the hierarchy of context: expanding the global neuronal workspace. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Adapting Dretske's approach on the necessary conditions for mental process, we apply a communication theory analysis of interacting cognitive biological and social modules to the global neuronal workspace. Using an obvious canonical homology with statistical physics, the method, when iterated, generates a fluctuating dynamic threshold recognizably similar to a phase transition in a physical system, but constrained to a manifold/atlas structure analogous to a tunable retina. The resulting 'General Cognitive Model' can be extended in a straightforward manner to include the effects of psychosocial stress, culture, or other cognitive modules which constitute a structured, embedding, hierarchy of contextual constraints acting at a slower rate than neuronal function itself. This produces an empirically-testable 'bipsychosociocultural' treatment of individual consciousness that, while otherwise remarkably similar to the standard development, meets compelling philosophical and other objections to brain-only descriptions.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:atlas, cognition, consciousness, Dretske, groupoid, information theory, renormalization, topology
Subjects:Neuroscience > Neural Modelling
ID Code:3677
Deposited By:Wallace, Rodrick
Deposited On:14 Jun 2004
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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