A Blueprint for the Hard Problem of Consciousness

A Blueprint for the Hard Problem of Consciousness

A Blueprint for the Hard Problem of Consciousness addresses the fundamental mechanism that allows physical events to transcend into subjective experiences, termed the Hard Problem of Consciousness. ...
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Expectation Without a Spectator

Pp. 25-29 (5)

Paulo J. Negro

Abstract

Cellular organization provides the fundamental platform for exchanges between life’s integrated processes and the environment. Cellular processes convey adaptive information about the environment. Time-organized processes and information contained within living organisms are a source of fitness. The energy flow between single cells and the world forms a communication channel indissociably made of organic matter and information. This flow occurs under the informational principles of natural selection. However, the information built up into biological systems needs to become information informing about itself to transcend across levels of abstraction, such as described in Hofstadter’s strange loops. A working car engine expresses the “processual” expectation of its human designers: gas flows, then ignites, pistons move and so forth. The engine has no awareness of these expectations. The expectations are implicit to the designed physical structure. The processes that mediate physical and informational relationships of living organisms also have expectations built into them. Such expectations result from a selective natural history based on evolutionary constraints.

Keywords:

Car Engine Expectations, Cellular Inference, Consciousness Original Platform, Evolutionary Constraints, Emergence of Agency, Evolutionary Fitness, Hofstadter Strange Loop, Intelligent Design, Informational Relationships, Life and Consciousness, Matter and Information as Single Entity, Natural Selection, Origin of the Subject, Original Integration of Information, Processual Expectations, Phenomenology of Consciousness, Signaling, Single-Celled Organisms, Subject-World Dialectic.

Affiliation:

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.