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Consciousness and Zombies

  Common Sense Consciousness There are common-sense notions of what consciousness is about which tell us: We are consciousness when we are awake, We are not consciousness if we are asleep except when we are dreaming, People under anaesthetic are … Continue reading

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Dr Crick’s Sunday Morning Service

Francis Crick’s 1994 book ‘The Astonishing Hypothesis’ famously begins with the ‘nothing but a pack of neurons’ paragraph: The Astonishing Hypothesis The Astonishing Hypothesis is that ‘You,’ your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of … Continue reading

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Phi: An Overview

Giulio Tononi’s theory of ‘Integrated Information’ has been said by Christof Koch to be ‘the only really promising fundamental theory of consciousness’. Tononi’s 2012 book ‘Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul’ provides a popular introduction to it. … Continue reading

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Redefining Turing

Alan Turing’s seminal 1950 paper ‘Computing Machinery and Intelligence’ spawned what has subsequently become known as the ‘Turing Test’ (see also the Wiki page). The paper begins by asking ‘can machines think?’ How do we make progress towards answering this … Continue reading

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