Saturday, May 24, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014, 2:00 p.m., Beach Room, 3105 Tolman Hall

Friday, May 30, 2014, 2:00 p.m., Beach Room, 3105 Tolman Hall
The first theme of the seminar is Quantum Cognition:  "The quantum cognition project is based on the observation that various cognitive phenomena are more adequately described by quantum information theory and quantum probability than by the corresponding classical theories."

2:10 pm Jose Acacio de Barros (San Francisco State University and Stanford):
Rationality, Quantum Cognition, and Beyond
In this talk Dr. de Barros will discuss, in a very informal way, the connection between rationality, quantum cognition, and neural models. He will introduce ideas from quantum cognition and then, based on them, put forth an extended theory of rational thinking. The model presented is based on robust neurophysiological evidence, and we hope it can bring to the surface some issues on conscious (and unconscious) decision making.
3:30 pm Tony Bell (UC Berkeley)

Emergence, submergence and no noise: how brains probably work

Tony Bell
Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience
UC Berkeley

I explore the most likely correct idea that there is continuous
information transfer from the micro to the macro and vice versa
in living systems.  I describe the mechanisms the brain uses to
gate these information flows (from field potentials to water and
quantum) and discuss the implications for our field(s).

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Workshop May 9 2pm Beach Room 3105 Tolman UC Berkeley

Workshop May 9 2pm Beach Room 3105 Tolman UC Berkeley

Neural dynamics at the microscopic level Seán O Nualláin UOI

Complementing Walter Freeman's exploration of neural dynamics at the mesoscopic level, his mentor Karl Pribram has long championed an approach at the level of individual neurons. With a new burgeoning interest in this level now apparent, this talk outlines for the first time how Pribram's schema plays out computationally. His work with David Bohm on quantum mechanics and the holographic nature of reality will be referenced.

3-30 pm Break

3-45 pm Carlos Montemayor SFSU

Dogmatic and skeptical arguments about the nature of consciousness

There are various ways to classify the extant views on the nature of consciousness. I analyze a classification that is based on the implications of different views with respect to subjectivity and time, and show that it has the advantage of highlighting different aspects of the hard problem. I focus on three aspects: a) the problem of agency and free will, which is crucial for the von Neumann interpretation of QM, b) the problem of the unity of consciousness, which is important to understand the nature of qualia, and c) the problem of the psychological now. This approach suggests that the impasse produced by the hard problem is based on either dogmatic or skeptical assumptions about these three aspects of consciousness, which may impede thinking more creatively about the nature of consciousness. A possible way of avoiding these assumptions is to further analyze these three aspects of conscious awareness.