This is a really fun conversation with one of the most influential living scientist. Dr. Christof Koch is neuroscientist pioneering th the neural bases of consciousness. He is the president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. In this conversation we discuss…

  • Christof’s journey into the brain sciences and work with Francis Crick
  • what is the ‘integrated information theory’ of consciousness
  • russellian monism and the panpsychist revival
  • contrasting consciousness and intelligence
  • can a machine become conscious
  • the possibility of artificial intelligence
  • the love of dogs and becoming a vegetarian
  • how practices open up different worlds
  • defending the depths for human existence
  • Iain Banks‘ novels
  • adversarial experimentation and the problem of conscious
  • beginning with phenomenology in the explanation of consciousness

Check out his two most recent books:

The Feeling of Life Itself: Why Consciousness Is Widespread but Can’t Be Computed

Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist

 

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