Human and Machine Consciousness as a Boundary Effect in the Concept Analysis Mechanism

Part of the Atlantis Thinking Machines book series (ATLANTISTM, volume 4)


To solve the hard problem of consciousness we observe that any cognitive system of sufficient power must get into difficulty when it tries to analyze consciousness concepts, because the mechanism that does the analysis will “bottom out” in such a way as to make the system declare these concepts to be both real and ineffable. Rather than use this observation to dismiss consciousness as an artifact, we propose a unifying interpretation that allows consciousness to be explicable at a meta level, while at the same time being mysterious and inexplicable on its own terms.


Analysis Mechanism Subjective Experience Cognitive System Boundary Effect Hard Problem 


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  1. 1.Mathematical and Physical SciencesWells CollegeAuroraUSA

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