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Structure in human consciousness: A fractal approach to the topology of the self perceiving an outer world in an inner space

Bieberich, Erhard (1998) Structure in human consciousness: A fractal approach to the topology of the self perceiving an outer world in an inner space. [Preprint] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In human consciousness a world of separated objects is perceived by an inner observer who is experienced as an undivided feeling of one-self. A topological correlation of the self to the world, however, entails a paradoxical situation by either merging all separated objects into one or splitting the self into as many subselves as there are objects perceived. This study introduces a model suggesting that the self is generated in a neural network by algorithmic compression of spatial and temporal information into a fractal structure. A correlation of an inner observer to parts of a fractal structure inevitably entails a correlation to the whole, thereby preserving the undividedness of the self. Molecular mechanisms for the generation of a fractal structure in a neural network and the possibility of experimental investigation will be discussed.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:consciousness, self, neural network, fractals, brain, artificial intelligence, mind, mind-body problem, neurochemical correlate of consciousness
Subjects:Neuroscience > Neurochemistry
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:79
Deposited By:Bieberich, Erhard
Deposited On:08 Feb 1999
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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