Interactive lecture and
discussion by Andrés Gómez Emilsson
Any scientific theory of consciousness needs to be able to address the following four questions:
1) Why does consciousness exist at all?
2) How does consciousness exert its causal power (so that it could be recruited by natural selection, and allow us to talk about it)?
3) How is it possible for us to experience multiple pieces of information at once (the binding/combination problem of consciousness)? and
4) What explains the countless varieties and flavors of consciousness (qualia) as well as their mutual inter-relationship?
In this talk Andres will highlight the fact that contemporary theories of consciousness are unable to deliver satisfactory answers to these four questions, and put forward a theory of mind that at least is able to address them (albeit not fully solve them!). Namely, he will present the Qualia Computing paradigm and the philosophy of mind developed by David Pearce.
For more information, follow these links:
Qualia Computing in Tucson: The Magic Analogy
Raising the Table Stakes for Successful Theories of Consciousness
Andrés Gómez Emilsson is a co-founder and former president of the Stanford Transhumanist Association. He has an undergraduate degree on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science from Stanford, and a Masters in Computational Psychology, also at Stanford.