Mathematical Frameworks for Consciousness


  • Menas Kafatos Chapman University
  • Ashok Narasimhan


Mathematical formalism, Hilbert space, Category theory, Laws of forms, Observer, Observed, Qualia


If Awareness is fundamental in the universe, mathematical frameworks are better suited to reveal its fundamental aspects than physical models. Awareness operates through three fundamental laws which apply at all levels of reality and is characterized by three universal powers. We explore and summarize in general terms mathematical formalisms that may take us as close as possible to conscious awareness, beginning with the primary relationships between the observer with the observed, using a Hilbert space approach. We also examine insights from category theory, and the calculus of indications or laws of forms. Mathematical frameworks as fundamental languages of our interaction with the universe should be further developed with consciousness being the driving force.




How to Cite

Kafatos, M., & Narasimhan, A. (2016). Mathematical Frameworks for Consciousness. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 12(2), 150–159. Retrieved from