SpaceTimeMind

You may (or may not) have noticed that Pete Mandik and Richard Brown (me) have started a podcast, called SpaceTimeMind, where we talk about tax law updates for 2014, uh, I mean, er, we talk about space and time and mind! The first episode is up now (and has been …

CO5 Program

The program for the Fifth Online Consciousness Conference is now finalized. The conference is set to begin Friday Feb 15th. In the meantime the papers are available to read ahead of time here.  We have a very exciting program this year and I want to thank Dan Dennett for agreeing …

Qualia Fest 2012

To any and all in the Tri-State area you are invited to the 3rd Qualia Fest. Organized by the New York Consciousness Collective the Qualia Fest is an annual event that celebrates the music of philosophers and cognitive scientists.  When: Monday December 10th 2012  Where: The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery …

cfp: Fifth Online Consciousness Conference

I am pleased to announce the call for papers for the Fifth Online Consciousness Conference, which is scheduled for February 15-March 1, 2013.  Invited talk by Daniel C. Dennett, Tufts University  Special Session on Self-Consciousness organized by John Schwenkler, Mount St. Mary’s University. Invited participants include Katja Crone and Joel …

Most Viewed Posts

As we head back to our office hours I thought I might put together a list of the 15 most viewed posts of all time at Brains.  1. Consciousness and the Brainstem 2. On Publishing While in Grad School 3. European Journal Rankings (ERIH) 4. On Analytic vs. Continental Philosophy …

I Really Do Love New York in the Fall

[cross-posted at Philosophy Sucks!]  The fall semester is set to kick off, and I am very excited about it. I am giving the first talk in the CUNY Philosophy Colloquium tomorrow September 5th. It is entitled “The Nature of Phenomenal Consciousness”. I haven’t recorded a practice run yet, but this …

A Couple of Announcements

[cross-posted at Philosophy Sucks!]  Looking ahead to CO5, Daniel Dennett has agreed to give the keynote talk which is very exciting! There may be other surprises to come, so stay tuned!   Stevan Harnad has allowed me to upload the videos of talks from his Turing Consciousness 2012 conference to my …

The Emperor Cometh

Very happy to say that Hakwan Lau and I have completed our jointly authored paper The Emperor’s New Phenomenology?: The Empirical Case for Conscious Experiences without First-Order Representations which is forthcoming in a Festschrift for Ned Block edited by Adam Pautz and Daniel Stoljar (MIT Press). The book is slated to have a response …

The Brain and its States

[cross-posted at Philosophy Sucks!] Some time ago I was invited to contribute a paper to a forthcoming volume entitled Being in Time: Dynamical Models of Phenomenal Experience. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was invited because of my paper “What is a Brain State?” Looking back at …

Explaining Cartesian Consciousness

[cross-posted at Philosophy Sucks!] In his classic paper “Two Concepts of Consciousness” David Rosenthal says “…if consciousness is essential to mentality no informative, nontrivial explanation of consciousness is possible” (2005 p 22). The claim is, roughly, that if all mental states are conscious and if there are no mental states …

CO4 Program

The program for the 4th Online Consciousness Conference is coming together nicely and is nearly finalized. Check it out! The Conference is scheduled for February 17th-March 2nd. Papers will be available online one week before the conference begins. Mark your calendars and spread the word!! 0