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Consciousness is Data Compression

Maguire, Phil and Maguire, Rebecca (2010) Consciousness is Data Compression. In: Proceedings of the Thirty-Second Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, NJ, pp. 748-753. ISBN 9780976831884

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In this article we advance the conjecture that conscious awareness is equivalent to data compression. Algorithmic information theory supports the assertion that all forms of understanding are contingent on compression (Chaitin, 2007). Here, we argue that the experience people refer to as consciousness is the particular form of understanding that the brain provides. We therefore propose that the degree of consciousness of a system can be measured in terms of the amount of data compression it carries out.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Consciousness
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 14 May 2014 10:43
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 17:59

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