Monday September 25, 2017 6:00 PM
The field of consciousness studies has expanded rapidly in the last 20 years but we seem to be no closer to finding an answer to the question of exactly what consciousness is and how it came to exist. In this class we will study the ideas and theories of leading experts in this fascinating field by watching video presentations and then discussing the pros and cons. No text book is required.
This month we will watch a presentation by John Searle on Consciousness In Artificial Intelligence given at the Google campus in 2015. He is Mills Professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley and the author of The Mystery of Consciousness (1997) and Mind: A Brief Introduction (2004).
We will continue to meet every fourth Monday until we have solved the “hard problem of consciousness.” Actually, we will probably run out of material to discuss before that happens but who knows where this might lead?