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George Williams: A couple of radical ideas for advancing on the problem of consciousness

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A COUPLE OF RADICAL IDEAS FOR ADVANCING ON THE PROBLEM OF CONSCIOUSNESS
George R. Williams
Federal Communications Commission, USA
[grwilliams@gmail.com]

In this paper, I suggest a two-pronged proposal for advancing on the problem of consciousness. That is, in addition to an ontological explanation of consciousness, we must also confirm such a theory using objective data. On the ontological front, I propose wave function psychism; the entity behind the quantum wave function is the base of conscious experience. My proposal results from combining three strands within philosophy of mind and physics: 1) Russellian monism, 2) the ontology of the quantum wave function, and 3) Tonini’s Integrated Information Theory. I argue that my proposal is able to address many of the problems that face panpsychism. But perhaps most important, this framework is consistent with anomalous data known as psi. Thus my proposal is consistent with extant anomalous data on consciousness.
 

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