I think one of the sticking points is the view the qualitative is in some way more than physical. That it is on another plane. And that we can assume this of subjectivity too. Consequently we might seek to explained them IN TERMS of material properties (ie classical ‘causal’ mechanics). But when you think about it, material properties are an ontological status we simply accept as physical. Why can’t we do the same with the qualitative and phenomenal? We accept the connection between QM and CM. So it is that my paper connects CM to other realms that are no less physical. The info paper is an extension of this metaphysical concept which seeks to displace the stance of properties being causal: eg material properties do not cause phenomenal properties
Hi @Pharoah. Reading through these most recent pages in the thread, I've found tonight that I can now directly link to the info/meaning paper and will read it tomorrow. As I read your post above just now, I had a sudden strong intuition that what you are doing is actually making tangible progress on the hard problem in your informed scrutiny of the early emergence of protoconsciousness in what you refer to as 'qualitative assimilation'. I'm momentarily mindblown to have suddenly sensed where you are going since I should have been able to see it before. Just wow.