The supra-dimensionality of the reality that we perceive in patterned combinations and modulations of qualia fits very well with the primary postulates of inverted mind theory, particularly with the complementary ideas that
- Our cognition is representational and based on iconic re-enactments of patterned activity – factored and recombined, and
- Qualia stand in for some physics that we cannot represent, either because
- they require representational resolution and sensitivity that lie beyond our system’s limits, or because
- they lack spatiotemporal structure, and the one that is “made-up” for them, through interaction of evolved sensory apparatus with the physical properties of the stimulating agents, again requires finer resolution than that which the system can support non-locally (e.g. regarding the sense of smell).
One of the features that the system gains from having qualia is the multiplication of reference-able relata figuring in it’s computational constructs. One way to see this is to think of the necessary function as an information-conserving, tending-to-bijective mapping:– a projection of internal representation upon the agent’s environment, through it’s sensory perimeter; A reflection that applies a dynamical metaphorically resonant impedance function, in response to, and emulating, patterns falling on the sensory perimeter, that is enriched with ‘permeating’ microphysical qualitative properties.
For if it were only structure and dynamics – then mapping onto the environment’s projections upon the sensory perimeter, and by equivalence onto the environment itself, would converge the different modalities, rather than differentiate between them. Note furthermore that mapping based on derived or tagged-on (compressed, information reduced) symbolic representations cannot overcome this limitation. It is the most detailed iconic representation that must manifest the proto-qualitative “charge” (the constraint does not preclude correlated representational elements from bearing different proto-phenomenal contributions to some patterned experience, e.g. factored out components organised in modality specific loci, appearing as localized sources or sinks of activity, provided composition graph paths are preserved and invertible. i.e. such loci must share cohesive and contextual patterning relations consistent with the fully detailed whole, either by means of routing or through co-activation coherence).
Thus, in a loose topological analogy (not of my invention) proto-qualia might be bound to the “enveloping surface” of Integrated Information Theory’s postulated central complex, in it’s implemented active form (which is all that counts) as it seethes with counter-flows between isotropic randomality and literal computational pattern enactment. And since cognition is itself sensed (e.g. the raw proto-self virtual focal point as described in the post on representation and smearing below and in the main articles of this site), and since according to inverted mind theory all expressed, therefore enacted, relations are comprised of effectively-continuous smeared modulations of sensed proto-qualia, it seems that paradoxically, even though information (as per the definition adopted by IIT) excludes qualia, it turns out that proto-qualia may be densely permeating the volume of IIT’s dynamic complex. Perhaps it should be interpreted as an imploded complex, one that owes it’s inflated dimensionality to the manifestation of micro-physical, locally bound and manifested, immutable, proto-qualia.