The Nature of Consciousness
Lecture by Federico Faggin
During the last 100 years, science has made enormous progress in the understanding of physical reality. However, the nature of consciousness remains a mystery. Reality manifests to us as an inner subjective experience of an outer world we believe to be objective. According to scientific materialism, consciousness must emerge as a property of matter.
However, no scientist has ever given a plausible explanation of how electrical or biochemical signals can give rise to consciousness. Federico Faggin, who has studied consciousness with a first-person and third-person perspective for the last 30 years, will describe a model of reality now in development where consciousness is seen as an irreducible property of nature.
According to this model, reality has two co-emergent aspects: a semantic inner reality and a symbolic outer reality, and the two are correlated and co-evolving. In this model, the complexity of the living organisms of our planet reflects the self-knowing of the ecosystem obtained through the symbolic-semantic interactions of a hierarchy of conscious entities.