An Error Theory of Consciousness
University of Maryland College Park United States
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I argue that consciousness is an aspect of an agents intelligence, hence of its ability to deal adaptively with the world. In particular, it allows for the possibility of noting and correcting the agents own errors. This in turn requires a robust self model as part of its world model, as well as the capability to come to see that world model as residing in its belief base -part of its self model, while then representing the actual world as possibly different, i.e. forming a new world model.