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Consciousness: A Simple Information Theory Global Workspace Model

Wallace, Dr. Rodrick (2011) Consciousness: A Simple Information Theory Global Workspace Model. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The asymptotic limit theorems of information theory permit a concise formulation of Bernard Baars' global workspace/global broadcast picture of consciousness, focusing on how networks of unconscious cognitive modules are driven by the classic 'no free lunch' argument into shifting, tunable, alliances having variable thresholds for signal detection. The model directly accounts for the punctuated characteristics of many conscious phenomena, and derives the inherent necessity of inattentional blindness and related effects.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:asymptotic limit, ergodic, network, no free lunch, phase transition, topology
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Neuroscience > Neural Modelling
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:7288
Deposited By:Wallace, Rodrick
Deposited On:02 May 2011 18:09
Last Modified:02 May 2011 18:09

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