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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2019.17.5.2359

Is Consciousness Computable?

Subhash Kak


This commentary reviews different scientific positions for and against consciousness being a computable property. The role that quantum mechanics may play in this question is also investigated. It is argued that the view which assigns consciousness a separate category is consistent with both quantum mechanics and certain results in cognitive science. It is further argued that computability of consciousness implies the solution to the halting problem which is computationally impossible.


cognition, machine consciousness, learning models, quantum Zeno effect

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