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Contours of Consciousness: A Graphical Approach to Modeling the Operational Domain of Subjective Experience  Martin Baranowski (Biological and Physical Sciences, Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ )   P1

On panpsychism, subjective experience is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of reality (Goff, Seager & Allen-Hermanson, 2017). By likening the ubiquity of subjective experience to the substratum of a coordinate space, and representing a conscious system as a point set of its measurable attributes within the coordinate space, I propose a methodology for graphically modeling the operational domain of subjective experience for conscious systems. Renderings for the common vampire bat Desmodus rotundus, the scalloped hammerhead shark Sphyrna lewini, and modern anatomical human Homo sapiens sapiens will be presented with discussion on the selection and standardization of morphological, sensory system, psychometric, and ecological data deployed as measurable attributes in the modeling. Further discussion will consider the viability of conceptualizing the borders of the renderings as the set of all known solutions to an expanded definition of the "easy" problems of consciousness differentiated by David J. Chalmers (1995).