The Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies arranged an interview with Scott Soames on May 27, 2010. The interview was conducted by Vadim Vasilyev and Dmitry Volkov.
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Derk Pereboom claims that free will is impossible because of its incompatibility with both determinism and indeterminism. Also he defends a robust nonreductive physicalism. It says that although consciousness can’t be reduced to physical it’s not something over and above physical.
Consciousness is an illusion. It’s a position of psychologist Nicholas Humphrey. But we understand each other, create masterpieces of art and complex scientific theories in virtue of that illusion.
In this interview, Chalmers answer our tricky questions about how he came to philosophy, what is his current views on the nature of consciousness, whether zombies can be morally responsible, how the Universe is arranged, what would it mean – the creation of artificial intelligence, and what is the purpose of philosophy.
Consciousness, as well as the existence of the soul, is one of the mysteries, the full understanding of what modern science does not have. Therefore, many people suggest to consider this phenomenon through subjective experience.
Modern instruments can determine what happens in the brain when we are dreaming, fantasizing, or thinking. But they do not explain how the individual bursts of activity are woven into a holistic sense of “The Self”.
June 14 David Chalmers delivered a lecture “The Hard Problem of Consciousness: 300 years on”. It gathered almost 600 people! Below you’ll find some photos of that event
“The Hard Problem of Consciousness: 300 years on” is a lecture that will be held at the MSU June 14 by David Chalmers, one of the most prominent and distinguished contemporary philosophers. Details in the news.
“The Problems of Consciousness and Free Will” is a special issue of magazine “Moscow University Bulletin”. It is devoted to the results of the two events arranged by our Center – the Greenland conference and the summer school “Free will and Moral Responsibility”.