Re: Consciousness is information?

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009 19:52:20 +1000

2009/4/25 Brent Meeker <>:

> But is it the information in consciousness and is it discrete?  If you
> include the information that is in the brain, but not in consciousness,
> I can buy the concept of relating states by similarity of content.  Or
> if you suppose a continuum of states that would provide a sequence. It
> is only when you postulate discrete states containing only the contents
> of instants of conscious thought, that I find difficulty.

I'm not sure I understand. Are you saying that the information in most
physical processes, but not consciousness, can be discrete? I would
have said just the opposite: that even if it turns out that physics is
continuous and time is real, it would still be possible to chop up
consciousness into discrete parts (albeit of finite duration) and
there would still be continuity. In fact, I can't imagine how
consciousness could possibly be discontinuous if this was done, for
where would the information that tells you you've been chopped up

Stathis Papaioannou
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