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The Philosophy of Consciousness Science

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Event Series Event Series: Theories of Consciousness

February 10 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm CET

Poster for the Pari Center's Theories of Consciousness series

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Theories of Consciousness – all 6 sessions
Full Price €75, Member’s Discount €67.50: All 6 live sessions and recordings.
75,00
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Theories of Consciousness – 3/6 sessions
Full Price €40, Member’s Discount €36: Choose any 3 live sessions and recordings. After you have purchased this option, you will receive a form by email to choose the events you wish to attend.
40,00
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Theories of Consciousness – Solidarity All 6 Sessions
All 6 live sessions and recordings. Please feel free to use this solidarity rate if you are under financial stress. The membership discount does not apply to this package. Price 37,50
37,50
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Theories of Consciousness – Solidarity 3/6 Sessions
Choose any 3 live sessions and recordings. After you have purchased this option, you will receive a form by email to choose the events you wish to attend. Please feel free to use this solidarity rate if you are under financial stress. The membership discount does not apply to this package.All sessions will last for approximately 2 hours, and will be held over zoom.us. The session structure may vary from speaker to speaker, but in general participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter and in some cases there will be breakaway discussion groups. Price: 20
20,00
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The Philosophy of Consciousness Science

With Francesco Ellia

Saturday February 10, 2024
9:00am PST | 12:00pm EST | 5:00pm GMT  |  6:00pm CET

2-hour session

The session is live and you will be sent the RECORDING.

In his seminal 1884 observation, Thomas Huxley likened the enigma of consciousness and its relation to nervous tissue to the inexplicable emergence of a djinn from Aladdin’s magic lamp. This metaphor strikingly encapsulates the persistent complexity of what is now known as the mind-body problem. Despite the exponential growth in our scientific understanding, particularly of the brain, we find ourselves scarcely closer to unraveling this mystery than in Huxley’s time. This talk aims to navigate the foundational issues in consciousness science. It critically examines the prevailing functionalist and physicalist perspectives in contemporary science, arguing their insufficiency in addressing the mind-body problem. The discussion underscores that the crux of this problem is not merely a scientific query but is deeply rooted in the fundamental principles of modern science itself. Through this exploration, the talk endeavors to bridge the gap between philosophical inquiry and scientific research, suggesting a new direction in our quest to understand one of the most profound aspects of human existence.

Francesco Ellia is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bologna and an Honorary Fellow at the Center for Sleep and Consciousness of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Science and Cognition from the University of Bologna in 2021 with a dissertation on Integrated Information Theory and the Mind-Body Problem.