TIME, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND MIND UPLOADING Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The function of the brain is intricately woven into the fabric of time. Functions such as (i) storing and accessing past memories, (ii) dealing with immediate sensorimotor needs in the present, and (iii) projecting into the future for goal-directed behavior are good examples of how key brain processes are integrated into time. Moreover, it can even seem that the brain generates time (in the psychological sense, not in the physical sense) since, without the brain, a living organism cannot have the notion of past nor future. When combined with an evolutionary perspective, this seemingly straightforward idea that the brain enables the conceptualization of past and future can lead to deeper insights into the principles of brain function, including that of consciousness. In this paper, we systematically investigate, through simulated evolution of artificial neural networks, conditions for the emergence of past and future in simple neural architectures, and discuss the implications of our findings for consciousness and mind uploading. © 2012 World Scientific Publishing Company.

altmetric score

  • 4

author list (cited authors)

  • CHOE, Y., KWON, J., & CHUNG, J. R.

citation count

  • 11

publication date

  • June 2012