Physical Processes

Physical Processes, Subjective Experiences and Mathematics

What most common and popular models about consciousness have in common is the postulate that physical activity in the brain is prior to consciousness. But no current theory has been able to resolve the problem of how physical processes in the brain give rise to subjective experiences. Even the quantum mechanical theories, while suggesting potential mechanisms that might create unexplainable phenomena, fall short of answering the fundamental questions about the subjective aspect of any experience — the awareness of an intimately personal quality in an experience.

Without Awareness/Consciousness, we can neither perceive nor apprehend, neither see nor think nor dream.

Mathematics gives a structure to the way our minds and intellects operate. It is the symbolic representation of formal logic. By studying abstract forms, patterns, relationships, and transformations in an exact, systematic, and logical way, mathematics formalizes in symbols how individual human awareness perceives, discriminates, organizes, expresses to others, and agrees with others about its own functioning.

The International Journal of Mathematics and Consciousness is founded to explore consciousness, research in consciousness, and postulates about consciousness. It encourages the use of mathematics to express those theories and postulates in a more formal way.

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