Self, Senses, Awareness, the World... Hallucinations? Dr. Tony Nader with Dr. Anil Seth
Consciousness Is All There Is
In this episode, Dr. Nader sits down with Dr. Anil Seth to discuss that consciousness is all there is. From Dr. Seth’s perspective, for all of us, our experiences are real and they depend on the brain and the body in intimate ways. The nature of that intimate dependance is the question. Anil Seth is a Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at University of Sussex, where he is also Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. He is a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for the Advanced Research Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness, and also Co-director of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness.He is also the author of the top 10 Sunday Times Bestselling book, “Being You: A New Science of Consciousness”.Dr Anil Seth | Twitterhttps://twitter.com/anilksethDr Anil Seth | Websitehttps://www.anilseth.comDr Anil Seth | Bookhttps://www.anilseth.com/being-you/Dr Anil Seth - Ted Talkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyu7v7nWzfoDr Tony Nader | Instagramhttp://instagram.com/drtonynaderDr Tony Nader | YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/user/DrTonyNaderDr Tony Nader | Facebookhttp://facebook.com/DrTonyNaderDr Tony Nader | Twitterhttp://twitter.com/drtonynader
282. Anil Seth on the Hard Problem of Consciousness, the Self, and the Essence of Volition
The Michael Shermer Show
Shermer and Seth discuss: “mind” and “consciousness” in context of understanding how molecules and matter give rise to such nonmaterial processes • controlled hallucinations • the hard problem of consciousness • the self and other minds • consciousness and self-awareness as emergent properties • Where does consciousness go during general anaesthesia? After death? • Star Trek TNG episode 138 “Ship in a Bottle”: a VR inside a VR that is indistinguishable from reality • Are we living in a simulation that itself is inside a simulation? • Does Deep Blue know that it beat the great Gary Kasparov in chess? • Does Watson know that it beat the great Ken Jennings in Jeopardy!? • Is Data on Star Trek sentient, conscious, and with feelings? • Can AI systems be conscious? • free will, determinism, compatibilism, and panpsychism. Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he co-directs of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. He is also Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness, and of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness. Dr. Seth is Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness (Oxford University Press) and he sits on the Editorial Board of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B and on the Advisory Committee for 1907 Research and for Chile’s Congreso Futuro. His new book is Being You: A New Science of Consciousness.
Consciousness & Being a Beast Machine with Neuroscientist, Anil Seth, PhD
PeerSpectrum | Journeys in Medicine
Today we’re privileged and delighted to have one of the world’s leading researchers in neuroscience, Anil Seth. Anil is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex and Founding Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. He has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Neuroscience of Consciousness. His TED talk on consciousness and controlled hallucination has been viewed over 12 million times and stands as one of TED’s most popular science talks. Today we’ll dig deep into (what Cal Fussman would call) the big questions of neuroscience: Is my reality the same as yours (do we see the same color red)? What does it mean to be you? Why did we evolve to have consciousness? Are different states of consciousness such as we see in comas, sleep, and general anesthesia measurable and clearly definable? What is consciousness and where in the brain can we find it? Why does a brain adapted to basic, hunter gatherer survival also include the capacity to compose symphonies, write philosophy, debug software code, go to the moon and ponder questions about the nature of its own existence? Will we ever be able to deconstruct the basic elements of consciousness and reconstruct them in a computer AI?This episode was a lot of fun and will probably be one of my most favorite. With that said, exploring our current understanding of the brain, consciousness, and the fundamental reality of who we are and how we experience the world around us is just not something you can knock out in an hour. That’s why I can’t recommend to you enough to check out Anil’s new book, “Being You.” With that said, let’s get started…
What Studying Consciousness Can Reveal about AI and the Metaverse (with Anil Seth)
Azeem Azhar's Exponential View
The workings of the brain have long puzzled scientists and philosophers, but the last twenty years have been a golden age for consciousness research. Cognitive and computational neuroscience professor Anil Seth is at the cutting edge of that work. He and Azeem Azhar discuss theories on how and why our brains work the way they do and explore how learning more about those questions could lead to new discoveries in medicine, AI, and virtual reality. They also address: How is it possible to scientifically study a subjective experience? What is the difference between consciousness and intelligence, and can you have one without the other? If a computer becomes conscious, but it doesn’t want to share its self-awareness, would we ever know? @Azeem @exponentialview @anilkseth Further resources: ‘What Is It Like to Be a Bat?’ – Thomas Nagel (1974) Being You, Anil Seth – Penguin Random House
Neuroscientist Anil Seth shares his thoughts on the role of neuroscience in explaining human consciousness, why our perception of reality might be a controlled hallucination, and how psychedelics are challenging our understanding of the mind. Anil Seth is a Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is also the Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. Anil is also a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness, and Co-Director of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness. Anil edited and co-authored the best-selling 30 Second Brain (Ivy Press, 2014), was consultant for Eye Benders (Ivy Press, 2013; winner of the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2014) and contributes to a variety of media including the New Scientist, The Guardian, and the BBC. Anil also writes the blog NeuroBanter. Find out more: futurespodcast.net CREDITS Produced by FUTURES Podcast Recorded, Mixed & Edited by Luke Robert Mason FOLLOW Twitter: twitter.com/futurespodcast Facebook: facebook.com/futurespodcast Instagram: instagram.com/futurespodcast
Indre continues to pursue her fascination with the neural basis of consciousness in this week’s episode. In her never ending quest to understand how the biology of the brain gives rise to every experience we’ve ever had, ever will have, and everything in between, she has picked the brains of a number of experts in the field over the years. Today is no exception as she revisits this favorite topic by welcoming to the podcast Anil Seth, Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, and Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, for a discussion about his new book Being You: A New Science of Consciousness. Show Links: Inquiring Minds Podcast Homepage Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Being You: A New Science of ConsciousnessSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringmindsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Support the show to get full episodes and join the Discord community. Anil and I discuss a range of topics from his book, BEING YOU A New Science of Consciousness. Anil lays out his framework for explaining consciousness, which is embedded in what he calls the "real problem" of consciousness. You know the "hard problem", which was David Chalmers term for our eternal difficulties to explain why we have subjective awareness at all instead of being unfeeling, unexperiencing machine-like organisms. Anil's "real problem" aims to explain, predict, and control the phenomenal properties of consciousness, and his hope is that, by doing so, the hard problem of consciousness will dissolve much like the mystery of explaining life dissolved with lots of good science. Anil's account of perceptual consciousness, like seeing red, is that it's rooted in predicting our incoming sensory data. His account of our sense of self, is that it's rooted in predicting our bodily states to control them. We talk about that and a lot of other topics from the book, like consciousness as "controlled hallucinations", free will, psychedelics, complexity and emergence, and the relation between life, intelligence, and consciousness. Plus, Anil answers a handful of questions from Megan Peters and Steve Fleming, both previous brain inspired guests. Anil's website.Twitter: @anilkseth.Anil's book: BEING YOU A New Science of Consciousness.Megan's previous episode:BI 073 Megan Peters: Consciousness and MetacognitionSteve's previous episodesBI 099 Hakwan Lau and Steve Fleming: Neuro-AI ConsciousnessBI 107 Steve Fleming: Know Thyself 0:00 - Intro6:32 - Megan Peters Q: Communicating Consciousness15:58 - Human vs. animal consciousness19:12 - BEING YOU A New Science of Consciousness20:55 - Megan Peters Q: Will the hard problem go away?30:55 - Steve Fleming Q: Contents of consciousness41:01 - Megan Peters Q: Phenomenal character vs. content43:46 - Megan Peters Q: Lempels of complexity52:00 - Complex systems and emergence55:53 - Psychedelics1:06:04 - Free will1:19:10 - Consciousness vs. life vs. intelligence