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The Parallel Mind

Zandi, Rana (2018) The Parallel Mind. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Zandi, Rana
Abstract:

Throughout the last century, Western scholars from various fields have contributed toward finding a general theory of consciousness that can accurately describe how the human brain processes information, and how it reflects and becomes aware of this information. In 2013, Michael Graziano an American scientist focused on the awareness aspect of consciousness and proposed the Attention Schema Theory of Consciousness (AST) to solve why the mind becomes aware in the first place. This thesis takes a stance that life on the screen has allowed us to extend our identities through embodiment of a second self in cyberspace. By using textual analysis, thought experiments, conceptual models, and mind activities, this work formulates parallel mind–as a self-aware digital entity that uses the content of the digital self. The objective of this work is to provide a technique for the validation of AST within a digital computer, which may lead us to better understandings of humanity’s place in the universe.

Date: April 2018
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 19:17
Last Modified: 14 May 2018 19:17
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2330

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