Are information or data patterns correlated with consciousness?

Gamez, David ORCID logoORCID: (2016) Are information or data patterns correlated with consciousness? Topoi, 35 (1) . pp. 225-239. ISSN 0167-7411 [Article] (doi:10.1007/s11245-014-9246-7)

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Scientific research on consciousness is attempting to gather data about the relationship between consciousness and the physical world. The basic procedure is to measure consciousness through first-person reports, measure the physical world and look for correlations between these sets of measurements. While this work has focused on neural correlates of consciousness, it has also been proposed that information states in the brain might be linked to consciousness. This paper uses Floridi’s distinction between dedomena, data and information to state this claim more precisely and suggests that the best starting point for this work is the potential correlation between data patterns and consciousness. Floridi’s method of levels of abstraction is used to understand how data can be measured at different levels of abstraction in the brain and the paper examines a number of problems with this work, which could make it difficult to prove that data patterns are correlated with consciousness.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence group
Item ID: 18049
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Topoi. The final authenticated version is available online at Springer via
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Depositing User: David Gamez
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2015 09:38
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 22:01

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