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From Matter To Mind

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Abstract:

The relation between mind and matter is considered in terms of recent ideas from both phenomenology and brain science. Phenomenology is used to give clues to help bridge the brain-mind gap by providing constraints on any underlying neural architecture suggested from brain science. A tentative reduction of mind to matter is suggested and used to explain various features of phenomenological experience and of ownership of conscious experience. The crucial mechanism is the extended duration of the corollary discharge of attention movement, with its gating of activity for related content. Aspects of experience considered in terms of the model are the discontinuous nature of consciousness, immunity to error through misidentification, and the state of 'pure' consciousness as experienced through meditation. Corollary discharge of attention movement is proposed as the key idea bringing together basic features of meditation, consciousness and neuroscience, and helping to bridge the gap between mind and matter.

Keywords: attention; consciousness; meditation; neural networks; phenomenology; schizophrenia

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Mathematics, King's College, Strand, London WC2R2LS, UK.. Email:john.g.taylor@kcl.ac.uk

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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