Why Axiomatic Models of Being Conscious?

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This paper looks closely at previously enunciated axioms that specifically include phenomenology as the sense of a self in a perceptual world. This, we suggest, is an appropriate way of doing science on a first-person phenomenon. The axioms break consciousness down into five key components: presence, imagination, attention, volition and emotions. The paper examines anew the mechanism of each and how they interact to give a single sensation. An abstract architecture, the Kernel Architecture, is introduced as a starting point for building computational models. The thrust of the paper is to relate the axioms to the kernel architecture and indicate that this opens a way of discussing some first-person issues: tests for consciousness, animal consciousness and Higher Order Thought.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Imperial College, London SW7 2BT, Email: i.aleksander@imperial.ac.uk

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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