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On the Nature of Consciousness

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On the Nature of Consciousness: A Live Online Conversation with Riccardo Manzotti

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Both science and philosophy have traditionally conceived of the self as though it were separate from the world. Italian philosopher, psychologist, and AI engineer Riccardo Manzotti asks us to consider consciousness in a radical new way: Our conscious experience is actually one and the same with the external world.

In his Spread Mind Theory, Riccardo asserts that we are the starry sky, the clouds, a rainbow, trees, people, even simple objects such as an apple or a stone. We are not inside our bodies, we are out there, in the world. Perceiving is being.

In this unique conversation, Riccardo offers an exploration of the nature of consciousness and our everyday life through Spread Mind Theory. He discusses how Spread Mind Theory allows us to find our true nature in the very world that surrounds us. He shares insights into the issue of consciousness and the structure of reality, tackling questions such as: What is consciousness? What is the relationship between experience and the physical world? Is there a separation between our experience of the world and the world?

Riccardo invites you to dive into a radical new way of thinking about consciousness, dreams, illusions, and your physical experience.

Please note that this conversation will be hosted live online. Instructions on how to join this conversation will be included in your event confirmation email. If you need additional assistance finding or joining the event, please email publicprograms@ciis.edu.

Riccardo Manzott i is a philosopher, psychologist, AI expert, and the author of The Spread Mind: Why Consciousness and the World Are One. He is professor of theoretical philosophy at the IULM University (Milan). He has been Fulbright Visiting Scholar at MIT (Boston). He is executive editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness, has published several books and many papers on the topic of consciousness, machine consciousness, perception, philosophy of mind, aesthetics, media, and philosophy of art. His current research focuses on the issue of consciousness and the structure of reality: What is consciousness? Is there a separation between our experience of the world and the world? Does the present have a fixed time span? Can we design and build a conscious machine? What ethical questions do consciousness and technology raise in the 21st century?

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