Brain state-space consciousness

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Consciousness as a state-space

The view that what ever correlates to experience is conscious. However not everything that is conscious may according to a human observer appear to have consciousness. So in this sense my having an experience of the colour blue, for example, amounts to an observable from an anthropocentric view. However this may omit a form of consciousness that has a complex interdependence to the human observer but out of the observers comprehension. There may be an experience out of the possibility of my perceptual state. However the relationship to space would entail all possible states even ones out of the anthropocentric experience. So for example a living conscious person could be with the dead. It would be through a form of phenomenological space. It might be direct perception or through an extension. It is not necessarily locally bound to a mode of sense perception, but through complex correlates. One correlate is primordial awareness. Its historically associate with telepathy but may entail an state space that has excess to numerous time slices also referred to as bullet time. That is akin to a universal imaginary covering all possible state spaces.

The identity theory of state-space consciousness .

There needs to be a theory of physical structure and brains. Space in its most basic form fits this physical descriptor. The time element drops out given its a complex correlate to space. So an instant of space can be conscious to itself. For example a living brain in a specific location. This would entail not being conscious in another location or instant of space. An instance of space equates to the B theory of time. Temporal perceptions are instances. Conscious locations are sequential. A stream of consciousness as being in the present receding from the past and moving into the future is a counter example of the B theory of time therefore referred to as the A theory of time.

State-space consciousness dualism

There is a sense that this sets up a form of property dualism as opposed to spiritual dualism of the Cartesian variety. That is the brain or any complex enough structure within space could be conscious. The metaphor or container of consciousness seems appropriate given the content of consciousness can only be realisable through some form of containment from what is not conscious stuff, albeit material stuff.

The containment thought experiment.

Imagine a container of consciousness (maybe your head). The container moves from location A to location B then back to A. In location A there are two versions of conscious state spaces. This entails a form of dualism or locale dualism as in property dualism but where the properties of consciousness are contingent on perspective of view.

Locale dualism as an exclusive referential

The notion of locale dualism is one of entailment. So at any state-space a conscious state entails a space that excludes all other possible spaces in a given universe of possible spaces. The ostensible referent (head) entails a locale dualism if and only if it (head complex) exists. Therefore consciousness is by necessity a local state space. However there is sufficient reason for conscious to pervade as a non local phenomenological referent. The philosophical candidate is Panpsychism.

State space as a Panpsychism phenomenology

It is a sufficient condition that if consciousness is contained it may be universal. The claim here is standard notions containment to a brain hypothesis maintains a anthropocentric view. So if a local state space is material then its a sufficient condition that consciousness is universal if materialism is true.

Thorny problem of primordial entities

It seems to bring up a thorny problem of primordial excess. How could a evolved state space of consciousness as that of a brain excess “mind dust”? It invokes variants of the universal imaginary hypothesis as in need of Parapsychology to explain a conscious minds excess to particles or field consciousness. However this appears to evade versions of property dualism. Consciousness is everywhere. It also is a preference to behaviour models of consciousness. These can not account for subjective states given a priority to functionalist brain states correlating to behaviour states. However primordial entities are ontological truths’ that are part of the universe like sub atomic particles theories posit that through verification via collider particle physics evidence will be forth coming in time.