FAH-Phil Guest Lecture: Can we build a Consciousness Meter? by Prof. Tim Bayne

E21-3118, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Event Information

Event NameFAH-Phil Guest Lecture: Can we build a Consciousness Meter? by Prof. Tim Bayne
CategoriesSeminar / Lecture
OrganizerFAH-Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme
SpeakerProf. Tim Bayne, University of Manchester, UK - University of Western Ontario, Canada
Date17 February 2016
Time17:30 - 19:30
VenueE21-3118, Humanities and Social Sciences Building
ContentBio:
Tim Bayne is a philosopher of mind and cognitive science, with a particular interest in the nature of consciousness. He completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Otago (New Zealand), and Ph.D in Philosophy at the University of Arizona. He has taught at Macquarie University and the University of Oxford. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manchester and also at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of The Unity of Consciousness and Thought: A Very Short Introduction.

Abstract:
One of the central challenges facing the science of consciousness is that of identifying ways of measuring consciousness. Can we go beyond our pre-theoretical ways of detecting consciousness and develop measures that are independently validated? Some theorists think not, and argue that we are necessarily restricted to the pre-theoretical markers of consciousness with which we begin. Other theorists are more optimistic, and think that we will be able to develop independent measures of consciousness. This talk discusses these questions in the context of asking whether it is possible to build a consciousness meter.

Target AudienceAll are welcome
LanguageEnglish

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