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The Mental Database

Brown, Mr Kenneth H. (2005) The Mental Database. [Preprint] (Unpublished)

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This article uses database, evolution and physics considerations to suggest how the mind stores and processes its data. Its innovations in its approach lie in:- A) The comparison between the capabilities of the mind to those of a modern relational database while conserving phenomenality. The strong functional similarity of the two systems leads to the conclusion that the mind may be profitably described as being a mental database. The need for material/mental bridging and addressing indexes is discussed. B) The consideration of what neural correlates of consciousness (NCC) between sensorimotor data and instrumented observation one can hope to obtain using current biophysics. It is deduced that what is seen using the various brain scanning methods reflects only that part of current activity transactions (e.g. visualizing) which update and interrogate the mind, but not the contents of the integrated mental database which constitutes the mind itself. This approach yields reasons why there is much neural activity in an area to which a conscious function is ascribed (e.g. the amygdala is associated with fear), yet there is no visible part of its activity which can be clearly identified as phenomenal. The concept is then situated in a Penrosian expanded physical environment, requiring evolutionary continuity, modularity and phenomenality.Several novel Darwinian advantages arising from the approach are described.

Item Type:Preprint
Additional Information:The approach taken by this article has been further expanded elsewhere. Certain aspects have been further justified and extended.
Keywords:Database, index, memory, modular, mental, consciousness, neural correlates of consciousness, cognitive neuroscience, semantic, phenomenal, evolutionary psychology, quantum physics.
Subjects:Neuroscience > Biophysics
Neuroscience > Computational Neuroscience
Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
ID Code:4521
Deposited By:Brown, Mr Ken
Deposited On:23 Dec 2005
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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