Unlimited Associative Learning and the Origins of Consciousness: A Primer and Some Predictions

Biology and Philosophy 35 (6):1-23 (2020)
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Abstract

Over the past two decades, Ginsburg and Jablonka have developed a novel approach to studying the evolutionary origins of consciousness: the Unlimited Associative Learning framework. The central idea is that there is a distinctive type of learning that can serve as a transition marker for the evolutionary transition from non-conscious to conscious life. The goal of this paper is to stimulate discussion of the framework by providing a primer on its key claims and a clear statement of its main empirical predictions.

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