Presentation of Integrated Information Theory at Mind Guild July 8, 2014

The monthly Mind Guild will meet again Tuesday July 8th in the Conference Room (222) of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. In the next several meetings the Guild will attempt to cover several of the current approaches to understanding consciousness and dealing with the “hard problem” as described by philosopher David Chalmers. Chalmers’ own views will be covered in a later meeting, however the upcoming meeting will focus on two perspectives on Integrated Information Theory (IIT).

Initially proposed by Giulio Tononi of the University of Wisconsin, IIT has reached its 3rd iteration. The core underlying idea is that subjective experience is intrinsic to information, and that consciousness experience can be defined as the irreducible integrated information of a network. Physicist Max Tegmark took expanded upon the idea to explore IIT with regards to physical systems generally in the paper “Consciousness as a State of Matter” (see a video of Tegmark lecturing about his recent paper). In the meeting this concepts will be explained and explored in greater detail.

Previous topics covered in the Mind Guild have included philosopher John Searle’s views, the thalamocortical loop theory …

SfN Neuroscience 2014- Annual Meeting Washington, DC Nov.16-20

Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting is being held in Washington DC this year. SfN is an unmatched venue for sharing great science. Attendees can take advantage of countless opportunities to share and learn about emerging and unpublished findings, explore career paths and professional development opportunities, and discuss hot topics in scientific publishing, academia, advocacy, public education, and more.

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