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A Quantum State Model of Consciousness

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Abstract:

We introduce a quantum state representation of the information being processed in neuronal structures. The movement of information from one such structure to a second is characterized as a (quantum) measurement of the first structure by the second. The value of such a measurement is an observable (external) property of matter. The associated collapsed quantum state, a dual encoding of that measurement, is a non-observable (internal) property of matter. The quantum measurement collapse process itself is shown to be a form of experience of the measurement process in terms of which a model and explanation of consciousness is formulated. Using model neurons we show how neuronal information processing effects may be given a quantum characterization. The techniques developed are employed to frame a model of qualia.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Computer Science Department, Yale University PO Box 208285, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.. Email: miranker@cs.yale.edu

Publication date: March 1, 2002

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