In August 2019 I started a 4 part series about the Neuroscience of Consciousness. Episode 160 of Brain Science starts by taking a deep dive into several recent books on the topic. The authors include Stanislas Dehaene, Sean Carroll, Antonio Damasio, Daniel Dennett, Todd Feinberg and Jon Mallatt. The next three episodes will feature interviews with Joseph Ledoux, Michael Graziano, and Christof Koch. Learn more at http://brainsciencepodcast.com.Read More
Episode 90 of the Brain Science Podcast is a discussion of Self Comes To Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio. Damasio's book focuses on the answer to two key questions: How does the brain generate the Mind? and How does the Brain generate Consciousness? His approach is unusual because many scientists and writers treat the Mind and Consciousness as identical. In contrast, Damasio argues that Mind proceeds Consciousness. Listen to this podcast to learn how the Mind becomes Conscious.
The scientific study of consciousness was once viewed with skepticism, but this has changed dramatically in recent years. According to pioneering neuroscientist Christof Koch, "the great thing is we’re not condemned to just sort of philosophical speculation, but we can make some predictions, and then go out and measure them. And those are the things I talk about in this book, Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist." In Brain Science Podcast #84 Koch reflects on the progress that has been made since I interviewed him back in 2007 (BSP 22), and he also talks about the latest initiatives at the Allen Institute for Brain Research, where he as recently become the chief science officer.
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Episode 58 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with philosopher Alva Noë, whose book Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness argues persuasively that our Minds are MORE than just our brains. He says that "the brain is necessary but not sufficient" to create the mind. Read more...
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- A brief overview of artificial intelligence
- introduction to biorobotics
- why artificial intelligence and biorobotics are relevant to understand the brain
- the meaning of complexity and emergence
- why the close coupling of the sensory and motor systems is essential to intelligence
- applying design principles to understanding intelligence
- Numerous examples make these potentially intimidating topics accessible to all listeners
- #2 On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins (listen to episode 2)
- this brief review does not get into Hawkin's discussion of the problems with traditional artificial intelligence, but I highly recommend On Intelligence for more on the subject
- #15 Interview with Dr. Read Montague (listen to episode 15)
- Rodney Brooks
- 1986 published the paper that launched the embodied approach to artificial intelligence
- Books by Rodney Brooks
- Interview on Talking Robots podcast (download mp3)
- Gerald M.Edelman, MD, PhD
- won the Nobel Prize in 1972 for work in understanding the structures of antibodies
- developed a theory know as Neural Darwinism, which he describes in several books including Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness
- was just interviewed on Talking Robots (November 23, 2007)
- his home page
- Pheifer's interview on Talking Robots (Download mp3)
- Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zurich
- How the Body Shapes the Way We Think: a new view of Intelligence (2007), Rolf Pfeifer and Josh Bongard
- Understanding Intelligence (1999), Rolf Pfeifer and Christian Scheier
- Why Francis Crick was an outstanding mentor and colleague
- A Working definition of consciousness
- How consciousness relates to awareness
- What are neural correlates of consciousness
- Why vision is the focus of Koch's research
- The search for the "footprints" of consciousness
- The role of functional imaging and the use of monkeys
- Neurons-"the atoms of perception"
- Why we need a theory of consciousness
- The role of the frontal lobes in consciousness
- Is consciousness an emergent property?
- What about zombies?
- Why do we need consciousness?
- Will artificial intelligence become conscious?
- The hard problem: how does the brain generate subjective experience (qualia)