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The QBIT Theory of Consciousness

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Beshkar M. (2020) The QBIT theory of consciousness. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, DOI: 10.1007/s12124-020-09528-1 Beshkar M. (2020) The QBIT theory of consciousness. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, DOI: 10.1007/s12124-020-09528-1


The QBIT theory is an attempt toward solving the problem of consciousness based on empirical evidence provided by various scientific disciplines including quantum mechanics, biology, information theory, and thermodynamics. This theory formulates the problem of consciousness in the following four questions: (1) What is the nature of qualia? (2) How are qualia generated? (3) Why are qualia subjective? (4) Why does a quale have a particular quality or meaning?In sum, the QBIT theory proposes that (1) when a pack of quantum information is compressed beyond a certain threshold, a quale is generated; (2) a quale is a superdense pack of maximally entangled qubits in a pure state; (3) when information-theoretic certainty of a system about an external stimulus exceeds a particular level, the system becomes conscious of that stimulus; (4) subjectivity of consciousness is due to the fact that maximally entangled pure states are private and unshareable.


Coherence; Compression; Computation; Consciousness; Entanglement; Free-energy principle; Generative model; Information; Qualia; Quantum; Representation


Physical Sciences, Quantum Science and Technology

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Received: 14 October 2019
Commenter: Majid Beshkar
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Comment: This is a refined version of the previous paper.
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