Concept of information as a bridge between mind and brain

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Abstract

The article is focused on the special role of the concept of information understood in terms of the one-many categorical opposition in building a bridge between mind and brain. This particular choice of the definition of information allows unification of the main two manifestations of information implicitly present in literature, the selective and the structural. It is shown that the concept of information formulated this way together with the concept of information integration can be used to explain the unity of conscious experience, and furthermore to resolve several fundamental problems such as understanding the experiential aspect of consciousness without getting into homunculus fallacy, defending free will from mechanistic determinism, and explaining symbolic representation and aesthetical experience. The dual character of selective and structural manifestations opens the way between the orthodox information scientific description of the brain in terms of the former, and description of mind in terms of the latter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-509
Number of pages32
JournalInformation (Switzerland)
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Consciousness
  • Information
  • Information integration
  • Mind-body relationship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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