The Nature of Consciousness

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.

Dates: 
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:15 to 11:30
Location: 
Auditorium Danilo Mainardi, via Torino 155, Mestre (VENICE)