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David Gamez

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pp. 85-92

Print Length

7 pages

6. Physical Theories of Consciousness

Chapter of: Human and Machine Consciousness(pp. 85–92)
Chapter 6 discusses physical theories of consciousness, which link consciousness to patterns in materials (for example, neuron firing patterns). With physical theories the materials in which the patterns occur are critical - if the same patterns occur in different materials, they are not claimed to be linked to consciousness. Physical theories of consciousness are similar to scientific theories in physics, chemistry and biology.