No question in cognitive science is more challenging, or more fascinating, than the nature of consciousness. Until recently, the study of consciousness was usually considered a matter for philosophy rather than science, but there has been an explosion in the past decade of theories and experiments concerning how consciousness works. This talk will examine the nature of human consciousness from the interdisciplinary perspective of cognitive science. It will cover topics from the philosophy of mind, cognitive linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and whether it may ever be possible for computers to be conscious, a topic studied in artificial intelligence.
Paul Li is teaching professor in cognitive science at the University of California, Berkeley and also teaches at Stanford University. Paul earned his BA in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley and completed his graduate studies in neuroscience at Columbia University, New York. He has written for Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today, and was employee number 2 at Lumosity, where he was the company's first founding research scientist from 2007-09. He was recently an episode consultant for National Geographic Channel's Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games and academic researcher at the Berkeley Innovation Index. He has been invited to teach at several universities, including Seoul National University and The Indian Institutes of Technology.