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 seminar has been devoted to the book of the distinguished Oxford philosopher Richard Swinburne “Mind, Brain and Free Will”. Swinburn takes an unpopular position for nowdays, defending the substance dualism and proving the existence not only of the soul, but of God. His ideas do not find wide support among the staff of the Center, nevertheless, we consider it important to discuss those views that do not evoke agreement. This is one of the most important foundations of scientific dialogue.
The problem of personal identity is one of the most discussed in the contemporary philosophy. It includes questions about the Self, personality, its identity in time and unity. May 17, 2018, at the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University hosted a conference on this issue.
There has been opened an entry for the joint program of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Moscow State University and the Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies. The program is designed for everyone who is interested in modern philosophical studies, problems of consciousness and free will. Students of the course will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the main philosophical problems of contemporary consciousness studies, learn how the philosophy of mind is related to cognitive and neuro-sciences, and get acquainted with the ideas of its main representatives. The students will get a general idea of the analytic philosophy and the place of the philosophy of mind in it. Detailed information and applications.
This dialogue took place on May 3 and 4 in Dharamsala India. It was arranged with the support of our Center. Leading Russian scientists took part in it. We are publishing the videos of this dialogue. Later, there will be published a report with the analysis of that event.
We are publishing the first lecture of the course “Mind and the brain: the last frontier”! This course is now holding at the Moscow State University by the Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences of Moscow State University and our Center. The lecture is given by the well-known Russian neuroscientist Konstantin Anokhin.
The Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies (MCCS) is hosting a summer school on June 23d – July 1st, 2018, which will be devoted to the problem of Personal Identity. This year summer school will be led by philosopher Prof. Richard Swinburne of the University of Oxford.