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Concept of Information as a Bridge between Mind and Brain
Akita International University, 193-2 Okutsubakidai, Yuwa, Akita-shi, 010-1211 Akita, Japan
Received: 16 May 2011; in revised form: 26 July 2011 / Accepted: 3 August 2011 / Published: 16 August 2011
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.
Keywords: information; information integration; mind-body relationship; consciousness
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Schroeder, M.J. Concept of Information as a Bridge between Mind and Brain. Information 2011, 2, 478-509.
Schroeder MJ. Concept of Information as a Bridge between Mind and Brain. Information. 2011; 2(3):478-509.
Schroeder, Marcin J. 2011. "Concept of Information as a Bridge between Mind and Brain." Information 2, no. 3: 478-509.