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A New Approach to the Hard Problem of Consciousness: A Quasicrystalline Language of " Primitive Units of Consciousness " in Quantized Spacetime

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The hard problem of consciousness must be approached through the ontological lens of 20 th century physics, which tells us that reality is information theoretic [1,2] and quantized at the level of Planck scale spacetime[3]. Through careful deduction, it becomes clear that information cannot exist without consciousness – the awareness of things. And to be aware is to hold the meaning of relationships of objects within consciousness – perceiving abstract objects, while enjoying degrees of freedom within the structuring of those relationships. This defines consciousness as language – (1) a set of objects and (2) an ordering scheme with (3) degrees of freedom used for (4) expressing meaning. And since even information at the Planck scale cannot exist without consciousness, we propose an entity called a " primitive unit of consciousness " , which acts as a mathematical operator in a quantized spacetime language. Quasicrystal mathematics based on E8 geometry [4] seems to be a candidate for the language of reality, possessing several qualities corresponding to recent physical discoveries and various physically realistic unification models.
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... But according to 20th century physics, reality is theoretical information (Wheeler, 1986(Wheeler, , 1999 and measurable at the level of Planck scale space-time (Snyder, 1947). It has been proposed that information cannot exist without consciousness (Irwin, 2014). As conscious and thinking beings, we can recognize the meaning of relationships between objects within consciousness itself. ...
... As conscious and thinking beings, we can recognize the meaning of relationships between objects within consciousness itself. Irwin (2014) proposes that defining consciousness as language requires: (1) a set of objects and (2) an ordering scheme with (3) degrees of freedom used to (4) express meaning. Irwin also argues that information on the Planck scale cannot exist without consciousness, so he proposes a language entity called a "primitive unit of consciousness, " which acts as a mathematical operator in a quantized space-time language (a kind of fundamental unity of consciousness.) ...
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... This information theoretic line of thinking can lead to many directions to address the conundrum of quantum gravity and unification physics problems. We focus here on the specific perspective that a notion of pre-spacetime code or language in action leads to the physics and metaphysics idea of reality as a self-simulation [7][8][9] and require a new principle to drive the evolution − the principle of efficient language (PEL) [1,7,[9][10][11]. ...
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In light of the self-simulation hypothesis, a simple form implementation of the principle of efficient language is discussed in a self-referential geometric quasicrystalline state sum model in three dimensions. Emergence is discussed in context of geometric state sum models.
... In Reference [14,15], one of the authors discussed the idea of the self-simulation. (After release of our preprint, Christopher Langan contacted us to point out that some of our independently derived ideas are similar to some of his. ...
... One reason is Occam's razor and another is evidence. Specifically, in [14,15,27], one of the authors discusses a cosmology that allows for a code-theoretic universe to self-simulate or self-actualize itself into existence from the "future". A similar cosmology was discussed by [17]. ...
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... In various theories, the eternal existence of changes in information relationships was sometimes referred to as a higher dimensional space in which a universal wave function is expressed, as some kind of "knowledge field". [Laszlo, 2007[Laszlo, , 2012Khrennikov, 2005;Zhang, 2005;Hardy, 2017: Irwin, 2014Ney, 2013], or as a domain of "potentia" [Stapp, 2007]. In this respect, the major question seems how certain information is selected to become manifest during all these exceedingly fast and numerous blinks of change. ...
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