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Symposium on Joseph Gottlieb’s “Verbal Disputes in the Theory of Consciousness”

It’s my pleasure to introduce our next Ergo symposium, featuring Joseph Gottlieb’s “Verbal Disputes in the Theory of Consciousness“, including commentaries by Jonathan Farrell, Assaf Weksler, and Josh Weisberg. I’d like begin by thanking each of the participants for their great work. One of the basic rifts within consciousness research [More]

Symposium on Michel and Morales, “Minority Reports: Consciousness and the Prefrontal Cortex”

I’m very pleased to announce our latest Mind & Language symposium on Matthias Michel and Jorge Morales’ forthcoming “Minority Reports: Consciousness and the Prefrontal Cortex.” Our outstanding commentators on the target article include Liz Irvine (Cardiff), Benjamin Kozuch (Alabama), and Michael Pitts with Kevin Ortego (Reed College).  *** A great deal of [More]

New: Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness

The International Journal of Machine Consciousness, which ceased publication in 2014, is being reborn as the Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness. The new journal will offer a multidisciplinary platform to discuss AI and consciousness in the light of robotics and artificial systems, computational science, psychology, philosophy of mind, ethics, and neuroscience. The aims and scope of the journal are: (i) articles that take inspiration from biological consciousness and/or that explore theoretical issues of consciousness to build robots and AI systems that show forms of functional consciousness; (ii) articles that employ robots and AI systems as tools to model and better understand biological mechanisms of consciousness; (iii) articles that discuss ethical problems emerging or uncovered through the overlap of AI and consciousness, and that investigate the ethical and societal impact of consciousness and the limits of it, and (iv) to pursue the hybridization between the field of AI and the field of consciousness studies. The journal’s editor in chief is Antonio Chella, a professor of robotics at the University of Palermo, and its executive editors are David Gamez (computer science, Middlesex) and Riccardo Manzotti (philosophy, IULM Milan). There are a number of philosophers on the editorial board, including Peter Boltuc (U. Illinois, Springfield), Selmer Bringsjord (Rensselaer Polytechnic), Chuanfei Chin (National University of Singapore), Ron Chrisley [More]

The Daily Owl 8-28-2013

“What I want to insist on, ceaselessly, is that one can accept the obvious facts of physics—for example, that the world is made up entirely of physical particles in fields of force—without at the same time denying the obvious facts about our own experiences—for example, that we all are conscious and that our conscious states have quite irreducible phenomenological properties. ” [More]

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