Philip Goff: Panpsychism, Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness & Galileo’s Error

Is consciousness part of science? Or must it forever remain outside of the scientific tradition? Guest Philip Goff argues that the traditional approaches of materialism (consciousness explained in terms of physical processes in the brain) and dualism (consciousness is separate…

Philip Goff: Panpsychism, Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness & Galileo's Error

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Is consciousness part of science? Or must it forever remain outside of the scientific tradition?
Guest Philip Goff argues that the traditional approaches of materialism (consciousness explained in terms of physical processes in the brain) and dualism (consciousness is separate from the body and brain) face insuperable difficulties. He defends a form of panpsychism, the view that consciousness is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the physical world, not confined to biological entities but is a fundamental feature of all physical matter—from subatomic particles to the human brain.

Goff’s new book, Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness, traces the problem of consciousness back to the foundations of the scientific revolution, in Galileo’s decision to set consciousness outside of the domain of science. He offers a provocative argument for panpsychism’s radically new picture of human consciousness.

Understanding how brains produce consciousness is one of the great scientific challenges of our age. Some philosophers argue that consciousness is something “extra,” beyond the physical workings of the brain. Others think that if we persist in our standard scientific methods, our questions about consciousness will eventually be answered. And some even suggest that the mystery is so deep, that it will never be solved. Decades have been spent trying to explain consciousness from within our current scientific paradigm, but little progress has been made. In Galileo’s Error, Goff offers an exciting alternative that could pave the way forward. How can advances in artificial intelligence illuminate consciousness?

Philip Goff is a philosopher and consciousness researcher at Durham University, UK. His research focuses on how to integrate consciousness into a scientific worldview.

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Philip Goff on Lex Fridman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCdV6BMMpOo&t=1s

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