Mind-Brain and Consciousness Discussions

Jennifer Hasler
April 21, 2020

The Consciousness has become highly interesting over the last 30 years, and yet, in many ways it remains as mysterious as ever. Consciousness is the current-day perspective on the mind-brain question.

Overview lecture video Part 1 Part 2, Part 3 , and slides on the Consciousness and Mind-Brain question

Useful reference links for these discussions are listed below

A good short, accessible, and amusing overview to this discussion comes from CGP Grey's Video: The Trouble with Transporters .
A good and fairly accessible overview article on the history of consciousness discussion and the progress in the field over the last 30 years is the article by Berkeman [1]: pdf , website, and Audio stream.
If you are wondering about whether we could build a human brain in Silicon technology, here is one discussion, and the original, longer, more technical discussion from 2013.

Paper starting the current wave of consciousness research was written by Francis Crick (right, one of the two to first describe DNA), and Christof Koch (left, former Caltech Professor), in 1990 pdf [2].

Christof Koch typical Caltech lecture on Consciousness (2005)

Christof Koch on Life after Death (2019).

Christof Koch retelling stories of his time with Crick [3] (2013).


[1] Oliver Berkeman, "Why can't the world's greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?" The Guardian , January 21, 2015.
[2] F. Crick and C. Koch, "Towards a neurbiological theory of consciousness," The Neurosciences m Vol. 2, 1990. pp. 263-275.
[3] Christof Koch, ``God, Death, and Francis Crick,'' https://themoth.org/stories/god-death-and-francis-crick June 01, 2013.
[4] David Chalmers, "Facing up to the problem of consciousness," Journal of Consciousness Studies , vol. 2, 1995. pp. 200-219.
[5] J. Hasler, "We could build an artificial brain right now," IEEE Spectrum , June 2017.
[6] J. Hasler, H. B. Marr, "Finding a Roadmap to achieve Large Neuromorphic Hardware Systems," Frontiers in Neuroscience , vol. 7, no. 118, September 2013. pp. 1-29.