13/11/2019, 11:30 — 12:30 — Sala P3.10, Pavilhão de Matemática
Johannes Kleiner, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Leibniz University, Hanover
On mathematical approaches in the scientific study of consciousness
The scientific study of consciousness is a new field which has emerged as a response to groundbreaking developments in analytic philosophy in the 1990s. Joint efforts of neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers, computer scientists and others have advanced the field considerably in the past decades and resulted in a plethora of available data and a sizeable number of theories. However, what seems to be missing at present is a comprehensive mathematical approach to the topic, akin to the role theoretical physics or computational biology play in their respective disciplines. In this talk, I will explain some ideas and present some results of a small community of researchers who have engaged in developing this mathematical approach.