Is Matter Conscious?

Hedda Hassel Mørch, Nautilus, Apr 07, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a tantalizing suggestion: "Philosophers and neuroscientists often assume that consciousness is like software, whereas the brain is like hardware. This suggestion turns this completely around. When we look at what physics tells us about the brain, we actually just find software—purely a set of relations—all the way down. And consciousness is in fact more like hardware, because of its distinctly qualitative, non-structural properties. For this reason, conscious experiences are just the kind of things that physical structure could be the structure of."

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