For this meetup we will discuss the phenomenon of consciousness how it relates to the physical/biological world. Is it reducible to physical brain states or is it a separate substance of some kind? If it is separate, how do these two worlds interact? If everything is physical, then how do consciousness, meaning and subjective states emerge from matter? I doubt we will successfully answer these questions (nobody has yet) but we will discuss them.
Other related questions we can discuss are:
- To what extent do our minds resemble computers? How are they different? How close can artificial intelligence get to simulating the human mind? Will there come a time when computers are conscious in the way that we are?
- What is the relationship between the mind/body dualism and free will vs. determinism?