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On the Solvability of the Mind-Body Problem
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Fusion Plasma Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6379-1880
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Abstract [en]

The mind-body problem is analyzed in a physicalist perspective. By combining the concepts of emergence and algorithmic information theory in a thought experiment employing a basic nonlinear process, it is shown that epistemically strongly emergent properties may develop in a physical system. Turning to the significantly more complex neural network of the brain it is subsequently argued that consciousness is epistemically emergent. Thus reductionist understanding of consciousness appears not possible; the mind-body problem does not have a reductionist solution. The ontologically emergent character of consciousness is then identified from a combinatorial analysis relating to universal limits set by quantum mechanics, implying that consciousness is fundamentally irreducible to low-level phenomena.

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Mind-body problem Emergence Consciousness Non-reductive physicalism Algorithmic incompressibility Theory Free will Brute facts Computability Neuroscience
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-240830OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-240830DiVA, id: diva2:1274965
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Available from: 2019-01-03 Created: 2019-01-03 Last updated: 2019-02-12Bibliographically approved

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