The Emergence of Contentful Experience

In T. Kitamura (ed.), What Should Be Computed to Understand and Model Brain Function? World Scientific (2001)
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There are many facets to mental life and mental experience. In this chapter, I attempt to account for some central characteristics among those facets. I argue that normative function and representation are emergent in particular forms of the self-maintenance of far from thermodynamic equilibrium systems in their essential far-from-equilibrium conditions. The nature of representation that is thereby modeled
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