Philosophy of Physics Seminar (Thursday - Week 2, HT23)

Philosophy of Physics

In recent years several theories of consciousness have been proposed such as Integrated Information Theory and Global Workspace Theory. In this talk I will ask what a scientific theory of consciousness would look like. I will claim that such a theory would need to say what consciousness does and not only what consciousness is. I will explain that in case consciousness has an effect on the quantum evolution (so the current physical is not closed) then to first order this implies a quantum collapse model. I will then discuss how such collapse models could be related to consciousness and the kind of predictions such models will have. This is joint work with Johaness Kleiner.


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Philosophy of Physics Seminar Convenors for HT23: Oliver Pooley, Patrick Duerr and Henrique de Andrade Gomes  | Philosophy of Physics Group Website