Consciousness and the Universe. Interview with David Chalmers (Russian version)
In this a Russian version of interview, where 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.
“The Hard Problem of Consciousness: 300 yean”. The Lecture of David Chalmers in Moscow
In this lecture David Chalmers considers a progress in solving the mind-body problem, outlines contemporary theories of consciousness and their advantages and disadvantages. He claims that the core problem of these theories is the Hard problem of consciousness - why the processes in the brain are accompanied by conscious experience? Maybe if we take consciousness as something fundamental, we can solve that problem. And Chalmers lays out several prospects how to do it.
Chinese room. Philosophy of mind from A to Z
Chinese Room is the most famous and discussed thought experiment devoted to the possibility of artificial intelligence. Dmitry Volkov and Maria Falikman discussed that thought experiment within a mutual project with Postnauka "Philosophy of mind from A to Z".
Is there a Solution to the Mind-Body Problem?
Daniel Dennett thinks that the Mind-Body problem has a solution. And moreover it's not a specific or "hard" problem, because in fact there is nothing over and above brain processes. Brain and language produces an illusion of immaterial consciousness, but it doesn't exist like a particular thing as we might think.
“Free will and consciousness”. Summer school in Riga
June 11-24 we held a summer school "Free will and consciousness" in Riga. Here you'll find a report about this event written by Anton Kuznetsov
Consciousness supervene on the brain. What does it mean?
Now it's widely accepted that consciousness supervene on the brain. But what does it meant? Read our material below.
Paul Churchland on Secrets of Colour vision
Colour vision is the most known part of conscious experience and the most confusing. Maybe disclosure of its secrets could solve the problem of consciousness.
Free Will is Impossible. Interview with Derk
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.
Mental Causation and Free Will. Derk Pereboom
Problems of Mental Causation and Free will are very similar, but aren't identical. Often people confuse free will with the ability of mental states to cause behaviour. Derk Pereboom discusses differences between Mental Causation and Free Will and how these problems relate to each other.
Free will and Determinism. Philosophy of mind from A to Z
In some sense meaning of life is based on free will. It's a belief that we act freely not as physical entities. But is free will possible when determinism is true? Philosophers are divided into two parts. Dmitry Volkov and Kirill Martynov discussed the details of that problem.
Luck argument. Philosophy of mind from A to Z
t's a widespread belief that necessary condition of free will is indeterminism. But it can turn out that indeterminism raises difficulties for free will. Luck argument reveals these difficulties. Philosopher Artem Besedin and neuroscientist Vasily Klucharev discussed the issue within a mutual project with Postnauka "Philosophy of mind from A to Z".
Sweet Dreams. Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness
In our series of books "Philosophy of Mind" has been released a Russian translation of a book "Sweet dreams" written by Daniel Dennett.
David Chalmers on Three Questions about Consciousness
In that interview David Chalmers briefly explain why it's plausible that consciousness could be a fundamental feature of the Universe though it raises the combination problem and still doesn't give us a definite solution to the Hard problem of consciousness.
Philosophy of Mind. Series of Lectures
Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies has made a series of lectures Philosophy of Mind. Series of lectures. Every lecture is devoted to some important issue or to a particular person from that area.
In defense of classical compatibilism. V.Vasiliev
This paper is devoted to free will problem. Author holds that free will is compatible with determinism. He suggests a new solution to the problem, wich name is "ultracompatibilism".
Free Will and Consciousness. The Teaser of the Summer School in Riga
We've made a video story about amazing intellectual event - the summer school "Free will and Consciousness", which our Center held in Riga this July. In that video you'll find impressions and thoughts of participants on the topic of the summer school and great views of Riga. Soon we are going to publish the rest materials of the school. Follow the news!
“Freedom and resentment”
This session is devoted to one of the most significant articles in the debates on free will and moral responsibility, “Freedom and resentment” by Peter Strawson. He suggests a kind of normative way to think of moral responsibility
Zombie argument. Philosophy of mind from A to Z
Zombie in Philosophy is identical to us being in all respects expect consciousness, it is totally unconscious. The possibility of zombie implies falsity of physicalism. Dmitry Ivanov and Vladimir Spiridonov discussed the issue within a mutual project with Postnauka "Philosophy of mind from A to Z".
Discussion on the free will problem
The video of a meeting organized on the occasion of the release of a new book by Vadim Vasilyev, "In Defense for Classical Compatibilism: Essays on Free Will", and the 114-th issue of "Logos" magazine, dedicated to the free will problem.
Consciousness and the Universe. Interview with David Chalmers
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.
Mary the super-scientist. Philosophy of mind from A to Z
If we knew everything about how the brain works, would we knew everything about consciousness? Dmitry Ivanov and Alexander Kaplan discussed the issue within a mutual project with Postnauka "Philosophy of mind from A to Z".
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The Argument of Luck vs the Consequence Argument. Sekatskaya M.

These arguments pursue opposite goals. The argument of luck tends to show that if determinism is true, then our actions are the result of luck, contingency, and, therefore, free will simply dissolves into contingency and, therefore, disappears. The consequence argument claims that if indeterminism is true, then the facts of the past, along with the laws of nature, determine the future. But since we do not determine the facts of the past and the laws of nature, therefore, we do not determine our future, and therefore we do not have the free will. In her report, Maria Secatskaya tries to find a way out of this situation.

Apr ‘17
Mental Causation and Free Will. Volkov D.

The problem of how consciousness can affect behavior, physical processes is closely related to the problem of free will. This connection is recognized by many philosophers. In his report, Dmitry Volkov, co-director of our Center, tried to present his point of view on this issue.

Apr ‘17
In the Labyrinth of Free Will. Conference at the Faculty of Philosophy, Moscow State University

The leading experts on the problem of free will from the Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, the Higher School of Economics and, of course, the staff of our Center participated in this conference. We attach some pics and titles of reports. Video is coming soon!

Apr ‘17
Congratulations to Professor V.Vasilev with the presentation of the medal “For Contribution to the Development of Philosophy”!

Our friendly team hastens to congratulate Professor V.Vasilev, the co-director of the Center, with the presentation of such a prestigious award! This medal is a recognition of outstanding merits and contribution to the domestic philosophy.

Apr ‘17
Discussion “Defense of Classical Compatibilism”

Classical compatibilism claims that we live in a world where all processes are deterministic, but, in spite of this, free will remains. Within the “Logico-Philosophical Club of the HSE” there was a discussion on this topic, where Professor V. Vasiliev, the main defender of classical compatibilism and co-director of our Center, gave a talk.

Apr ‘17
Project on the study of telepathy

The Moscow Center for Consciousness studies launches a project on the stufy of telepatic capacities together with the Center of Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at MSU. We announce the recruitment of volunteers!

Apr ‘17
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