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On the Solvability of the Mind–Body Problem
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electrical Engineering, Fusion Plasma Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6379-1880
2020 (English)In: Axiomathes, ISSN 1122-1151, E-ISSN 1572-8390, Vol. 30, no 3, p. 289-312Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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 epistemologically emergent properties may develop in a physical system. Turning to the signi cantly more com- plex neural network of the brain it is subsequently argued that consciousness is epis- temologically 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 identi ed from a com- binatorial analysis relating to universal limits set by quantum mechanics, implying that consciousness is fundamentally irreducible to low-level phenomena.

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Springer, 2020. Vol. 30, no 3, p. 289-312
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Mind–body problem, Consciousness, Emergence, Reductionism, Non-reductive physicalism
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-256022DOI: 10.1007/s10516-019-09454-xISI: 000534117800004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85084924994OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-256022DiVA, id: diva2:1343195
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Available from: 2019-08-15 Created: 2019-08-15 Last updated: 2020-06-05Bibliographically approved

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