Consciousness as a Brain Complex Reflection of the Outer World Causal Relationships

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Abstract

In the previous works we analyzed and solved such problem of causal reflection of the outer world as a statistical ambiguity. We defined maximally specific causal relationships that have a property of an unambiguous inference: from consistent premises we infer consistent conclusions. We suppose that brain makes all possible inferences from causal relationships that produce a consistent model of the perceived world that shows up as consciousness. To discover maximally specific causal relationships by the brain, a formal model of neuron that is in line with Hebb rule was suggested. Causal relationships may create fixed points of cyclic inter-predictable attributes. We argue that, if we consider attributes of the outer world objects regardless of how we perceive them, a variety of fixed points of the objects’ attributes forms a “natural” classification of the outer world objects. And, if we consider fixed points of causal relationships between the stimuli of the objects we perceive, they form “natural” concepts described in cognitive sciences. And, if we consider the information processes of the brain when the system of causal relationships between object stimuli produces maximum integrated information, then this system may be considered as a fixed point which has a maximum consistency in the same sense as the entropic measure of integrated information. It was shown in other works that this model of consciousness explains purposeful behavior and perception.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures 2019 - Proceedings of the 10th Annual Meeting of the BICA Society
EditorsAlexei V. Samsonovich
PublisherSpringer-Verlag GmbH and Co. KG
Pages556-561
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783030257187
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event10th Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, BICA 2019 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 15 Aug 201918 Aug 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume948
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

Conference10th Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, BICA 2019
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period15.08.201918.08.2019

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Keywords

  • Categorization
  • Clustering
  • Concepts
  • Integrated information
  • Natural classification
  • Natural concepts

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Vityaev, E. (2020). Consciousness as a Brain Complex Reflection of the Outer World Causal Relationships. In A. V. Samsonovich (Ed.), Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures 2019 - Proceedings of the 10th Annual Meeting of the BICA Society (pp. 556-561). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 948). Springer-Verlag GmbH and Co. KG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-25719-4_72