Part of the IFSR International Series on Systems Science and Engineering book series (IFSR, volume 26)

The nature of consciousness is difficult or impossible to explain, though everybody is sure he or she has it. Its study is a current “hot topic” that is approached from various directions. In earlier work, special attention was given to self-reference, the aspect of consciousness that allows an intelligent entity to be aware of itself. It is one of a number of characteristics that have been advanced as criteria distinguishing living from machine intelligence.


Turing Machine Digital Computer Deductive System Supervisory Control Conscious Thought 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ReadingUK

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