A consciência como um estado da matéria? Max Tegmark diz que sim.

domingo, junho 22, 2014

Consciousness as a State of Matter

Max Tegmark (MIT)

(Submitted on 6 Jan 2014 (v1), last revised 27 Feb 2014 (this version, v2))

We examine the hypothesis that consciousness can be understood as a state of matter, "perceptronium", with distinctive information processing abilities. We explore five basic principles that may distinguish conscious matter from other physical systems such as solids, liquids and gases: the information, integration, independence, dynamics and utility principles. If such principles can identify conscious entities, then they can help solve the quantum factorization problem: why do conscious observers like us perceive the particular Hilbert space factorization corresponding to classical space (rather than Fourier space, say), and more generally, why do we perceive the world around us as a dynamic hierarchy of objects that are strongly integrated and relatively independent? Tensor factorization of matrices is found to play a central role, and our technical results include a theorem about Hamiltonian separability (defined using Hilbert-Schmidt superoperators) being maximized in the energy eigenbasis. Our approach generalizes Giulio Tononi's integrated information framework for neural-network-based consciousness to arbitrary quantum systems, and we find interesting links to error-correcting codes, condensed matter criticality, and the Quantum Darwinism program, as well as an interesting connection between the emergence of consciousness and the emergence of time.

Comments: Proof of H-diagonality theorem generalized to arbitrary n. References added to rho-diagonality theorem proof, typos corrected. 34 pages, 15 figs

Subjects: Quantum Physics (quant-ph); Disordered Systems and Neural Networks (cond-mat.dis-nn); High Energy Physics - Theory (hep-th)

Cite as: arXiv:1401.1219 [quant-ph]

(or arXiv:1401.1219v2 [quant-ph] for this version)

Submission history

From: Max Tegmark [view email] 

[v1] Mon, 6 Jan 2014 21:00:11 GMT (5812kb,D)

[v2] Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:26:57 GMT (5690kb,D)