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Consciousness: A Simple Information Theory Global Workspace Model

By Dr. Rodrick Wallace

Abstract

The asymptotic limit theorems of information theory permit a concise formulation of Bernard Baars' global workspace/global broadcast picture of consciousness, focusing on how networks of unconscious cognitive modules are driven by the classic 'no free lunch' argument into shifting, tunable, alliances having variable thresholds for signal detection. The model directly accounts for the punctuated characteristics of many conscious phenomena, and derives the inherent necessity of inattentional blindness and related effects

Topics: Cognitive Psychology, Neural Modelling, Philosophy of Mind
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:cogprints.org:7288
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