Consciousness — what it feels like to have conscious experiences — remains a mystery of sorts; a problem about which one does not know how to think about yet, as D.C. Dennett put it. Despite almost thirty years of research aimed at identifying the “neural correlates of consciousness”, we still have no idea how and why the biological activity of the brain produces conscious mental states. Here, I overview contemporary theories of consciousness, aiming to document the ongoing development of a thoroughly empirical science of consciousness, and speculate about the possibility of building conscious artefacts in light of the stupefying advances in artificial intelligence research.
Axel Cleeremans is a Research Director with the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS) and a professor of Cognitive Psychology at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where he heads the Consciousness, Cognition and Computation (CO3) Group and presides the ULB Neurosciences Institute. Cleeremans is the president of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. A member of the Royal Academy of Belgium, he is also Field Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Psychology. In 2015, we was awarded the prestigious Ernest-John Solvay prize for human sciences by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research.
Moderation: Professor Dr. Thomas Platz
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