[ExI] A paper that actually does solve the problem of consciousness

Richard Loosemore rpwl at lightlink.com
Fri Nov 14 17:27:43 UTC 2008

I completed the first draft of a technical paper on consciousness the 
other day.   It is intended for the AGI-09 conference, and it can be 
found at:


The title is "Consciousness in Human and Machine: A Theory and Some 
Falsifiable Predictions", and it does solve the problem, believe it or not.

But I have no illusions:  it will be misunderstood, at the very least. 
I expect there will be plenty of people who argue that it does not solve 
the problem, but I don't really care, because I think history will 
eventually show that this is indeed the right answer.  It gives a 
satisfying answer to all the outstanding questions and it feels right.

Oh, and it does make some testable predictions.  Alas, we do not yet 
have the technology to perform the tests yet, but the predictions are on 
the table, anyhow.

In a longer version I would go into a lot more detail, introducing  the 
background material at more length, analyzing the other proposals that 
have been made and fleshing out the technical aspects along several 
dimensions.  But the size limit for the conference was 6 pages, so that 
was all I could cram in.

Richard Loosemore

P.S.  Yes, I know: everyone and their mother has a theory of 
consciousness these days.  But, believe me, I wouldn't dare to join that 
(mostly confused and disreputable) crowd unless I really thought that 
this paper actually *did* solve the problem.

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