Topic: Theories of Consciousness

Camp: Agreement / Approachable Via Science / General resonance theory

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Statement : The General Resonance Theory of consciousness suggests that all matter is associated with at least some degree of consciousness and vice versa; they are two sides of the same coin. Both are primary.
Inspired in part by Whitehead's "process philosophy," all things are actually processes, not static things. All processes/entities oscillate between potentiality and actuality, mirroring key features of quantum theory.
Resonating processes sync up when close enough and can, when sufficiently synced, result in higher-level conscious entities that combine the lower-level conscious entities into a new whole.
Biology has leveraged faster information/energy resonance pathways that allow for far larger-scale relatively stable-over-time conscious entities.
It is the speed of resonance pathways that determines the size of each higher-level conscious entity in each moment.
Developed by Hunt and Schooler, initially described in Hunt 2011 ("Kicking the Psychophysical laws into gear: A new approach to the combination problem." A major update will be published in 2019 in a paper by Hunt and Schooler that is in press.

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Statement : The harmonic resonance theory of consciousness suggests that all consciousness is associated with all matter and vice versa, they are two sides of the same coin. Both are primary. Inspired in part by Whitehead's "process philosophy," all things are actually processes. All processes/entities oscillate between potentiality and actuality, mirroring key features of quantum mechanics. Resonating processes sync up when close enough and can, when sufficiently synced, result in higher-level conscious entities that combine the lower-level conscious entities into a new whole. Biology has leveraged faster information/energy resonance pathways that allow for far larger-scale relatively stable-over-time conscious entities. It is the speed of resonance pathways that determines the size of each higher-level conscious entity in each moment. Developed by Hunt and Schooler, initially described in Hunt 2011 ("Kicking the Psychophysical laws into gear: A new approach to the combination problem."

Edit summary : Hunt and Schooler 2018 (in press) abstract: Synchronization, harmonization, vibrations, or simply resonance in its most general sense seems to have an integral relationship with consciousness itself. One of the possible “neural correlates of consciousness” in mammalian brains is a combination of gamma, beta and theta synchrony. More broadly, we see similar kinds of resonance patterns in living and non-living structures of many types. What clues can resonance provide about the nature of consciousness more generally? This paper provides an overview of resonating structures in the fields of neuroscience, biology and physics and attempts to coalesce these data into a solution to the “easy part” of the Hard Problem, which is generally known as the “combination problem” or the “binding problem.” The combination problem asks: how do micro-conscious entities combine into a higher-level macro-consciousness? The proposed solution in the context of mammalian consciousness suggests that a shared resonance is what allows different parts of the brain to achieve a phase transition in the speed of information flows between the constituent parts. This phase transition allows for a more complex consciousness to arise, with the character and content of that consciousness in each moment determined by the particular set of constituent neurons. We also offer more general insights into the ontology of consciousness and suggest that consciousness manifests as a relatively smooth continuum of increasing complexity in all physical processes, distinguishing our view from emergentist materialism. We refer to this approach as a (general) resonance theory of consciousness and offer some responses to Chalmers’ questions about the different kinds of “combination problem.”
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Statement : Consciousness is associated with all matter and vice versa, they are two sides of the same coin. Both are primary. Inspired in part by Whitehead's "process philosophy," all things are actually processes. All processes/entities oscillate between potentiality and actuality, mirroring key features of quantum mechanics. Resonating processes sync up when close enough and can, when sufficiently synced, result in higher-level conscious entities that combine the lower-level conscious entities into a new whole. Biology has leveraged faster information/energy resonance pathways that allow for far larger-scale relatively stable-over-time conscious entities. It is the speed of resonance pathways that determines the size of each higher-level conscious entity in each moment. Developed by Hunt and Schooler, initially described in Hunt 2011 ("Kicking the Psychophysical laws into gear: A new approach to the combination problem."

Edit summary : Synchronization, harmonization, vibrations, or simply resonance in its most general sense seems to have an integral relationship with consciousness itself. One of the possible “neural correlates of consciousness” in mammalian brains is a combination of gamma, beta and theta synchrony. More broadly, we see similar kinds of resonance patterns in living and non-living structures of many types. What clues can resonance provide about the nature of consciousness more generally? This paper provides an overview of resonating structures in the fields of neuroscience, biology and physics and attempts to coalesce these data into a solution to the “easy part” of the Hard Problem, which is generally known as the “combination problem” or the “binding problem.” The combination problem asks: how do micro-conscious entities combine into a higher-level macro-consciousness? The proposed solution in the context of mammalian consciousness suggests that a shared resonance is what allows different parts of the brain to achieve a phase transition in the speed of information flows between the constituent parts. This phase transition allows for a more complex consciousness to arise, with the character and content of that consciousness in each moment determined by the particular set of constituent neurons. We also offer more general insights into the ontology of consciousness and suggest that consciousness manifests as a relatively smooth continuum of increasing complexity in all physical processes, distinguishing our view from emergentist materialism. We refer to this approach as a (general) resonance theory of consciousness and offer some responses to Chalmers’ questions about the different kinds of “combination problem.”
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Statement : Consciousness is associated with all matter and vice versa, they are two sides of the same coin. Both are primary. Inspired in part by Whitehead's "process philosophy," all things are actually processes. All processes/entities oscillate between potentiality and actuality, mirroring key features of quantum mechanics. Resonating processes sync up when close enough and can, when sufficiently synced, result in higher-level conscious entities that combine the lower-level conscious entities into a new whole. Biology has leveraged faster information/energy resonance pathways that allow for far larger-scale relatively stable-over-time conscious entities. It is the speed of resonance pathways that determines the size of each higher-level conscious entity in each moment. Developed by Hunt and Schooler, initially described in Hunt 2011 ("Kicking the Psychophysical laws into gear: A new approach to the combination problem."

Edit summary : Here's the abstract for Hunt and Schooler 2018 (in press): Synchronization, harmonization, vibrations, or simply resonance in its most general sense seems to have an integral relationship with consciousness itself. One of the possible “neural correlates of consciousness” in mammalian brains is a combination of gamma, beta and theta synchrony. More broadly, we see similar kinds of resonance patterns in living and non-living structures of many types. What clues can resonance provide about the nature of consciousness more generally? This paper provides an overview of resonating structures in the fields of neuroscience, biology and physics and attempts to coalesce these data into a solution to the “easy part” of the Hard Problem, which is generally known as the “combination problem” or the “binding problem.” The combination problem asks: how do micro-conscious entities combine into a higher-level macro-consciousness? The proposed solution in the context of mammalian consciousness suggests that a shared resonance is what allows different parts of the brain to achieve a phase transition in the speed of information flows between the constituent parts. This phase transition allows for a more complex consciousness to arise, with the character and content of that consciousness in each moment determined by the particular set of constituent neurons. We also offer more general insights into the ontology of consciousness and suggest that consciousness manifests as a relatively smooth continuum of increasing complexity in all physical processes, distinguishing our view from emergentist materialism. We refer to this approach as a (general) resonance theory of consciousness and offer some responses to Chalmers’ questions about the different kinds of “combination problem.”
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