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”.
If we knew everything about how the brain works, would we knew everything about consciousness? Thought experiment of Frank Jackson “What Mary Didn’t Know” says “no”.
Imagine super-scientist Mary. She lives in future. She knows everything about colour perception. But unfortunately she grew up in black and white room and she’s never seen colours. Some day she come out of her room and see green grass and blue sky. Would she learn something more about colour perception? Intuitively we’d say “yes”. But if it’s true then some part of consciousness lacks scientific explanation. Philosopher Dmitry Ivanov and psychophysiologist Alexander Kaplan discussed the issue within a mutual project with Postnauka “Philosophy of mind from A to Z”.
if you were destroyed into particles and perfectly reconstructed in another place, would it still be you? This is a case of teleportation. What exactly makes you you? Where does personality live? What provides the continuity of your personality through the time? Natalia Kiselnikova and Maria Sekatskaya discussed the issue of personal identity within a mutual project with Postnauka “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”.
The Dalai Lama XIV met for the first time with leading Russian neuroscientists and urged them, through science and education, to convey to the general public the idea of developing awareness, compassion, love, renouncing violence and dividing the world into “one’s own” and “others.” Read more
Dalai Lama XIV, Buddhist scholars and a group of distinguished scientists from Russia will gather for the first time together on Monday in New Delhi to discuss the nature of consciousness, the benefits of meditation and the prospect of brain research. Read more
Dalai Lama XIV shared with “K” recipes of solutions to global problems of humankind. Full version
The Dalai Lama and the neuroscientists from Russia agreed on a joint study of consciousness and the influence of meditation on it, as well as on the cooperation of Buddhist and Russian researchers in neurobiology, cognitive psychology and a number of scientific fields – for the pursuit of peace and happiness for all. Full version
The presentation of the co-director of our Center, D.Volkov “Self as a useful illusion” took place within the dialogue between the Russian scientists and the Dalai Lama. Below you can see its text, slides, and video.
Last week in New Delhi, the first ever dialogue of the Dalai Lama XIV with the Russian scientists studying the nature of consciousness took place. A series of meetings “Fundamental Knowledge: Dialogue between Russian and Buddhist Scientists” was organized by the Tibetan Culture Center in conjunction with the Save Tibet Foundation and the Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies. Full version