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Model Unity and the Unity of Consciousness: Developments in Expected Float Entropy Minimisation

Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK
Academic Editor: Georg Northoff
Entropy 2021, 23(11), 1444; https://doi.org/10.3390/e23111444
Received: 5 October 2021 / Accepted: 25 October 2021 / Published: 31 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Complexity)
The unity of consciousness, or, more precisely, phenomenal unity, is an important property of consciousness and an important area of research in mathematical consciousness science and the scientific study of consciousness. Due to the numerous aspects and complexity of consciousness, the property tends to engender loose or inadequate characterizations. In this article, we introduce the concept and mathematical formulation of model unity. A system has model unity if a single relational model, stretched across the whole system, is optimal. Alternatively, model unity may only be present for subsystems, although there may still be unity at some higher level. As a development in the theory of expected float entropy minimisation, such relational models provide an interpretation of system states and the theory may help to provide insights into questions such as why experience of the visual field is unified and why different people do not have a unified consciousness, for example. This article constitutes a relatively small initial study of model unity. Four investigations were undertaken and are given as examples. A postulate is also given, distilling the foundations of EFE minimisation into a clear statement allowing others to consider whether or not the postulate identifies a self-evident fundamental property of consciousness. View Full-Text
Keywords: expected float entropy minimisation; unity of consciousness; model unity; mind-matter models; relational models; typical data; fundamental postulate of EFE minimisation expected float entropy minimisation; unity of consciousness; model unity; mind-matter models; relational models; typical data; fundamental postulate of EFE minimisation
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Mason, J.W.D. Model Unity and the Unity of Consciousness: Developments in Expected Float Entropy Minimisation. Entropy 2021, 23, 1444. https://doi.org/10.3390/e23111444

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