The Philosophy and Neuroscience of Consciousness, Part III: Formless Consciousness and Zero Information

5,000 words Sign up for the Blank Horizons mailing list here. Header image taken from here. Editor’s Note Since interning at the Qualia Research Institute (QRI) last summer, my thinking on consciousness has been influenced strongly by its “memeplex,” the set of ideas and theories that define QRI as a research institute. I wouldn’t have […]

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The Philosophy and Neuroscience of Consciousness, Part II: Mutual Information and Neural Coherence

9,000 words (including acknowledgments) Header image taken from here. Sign up for the Blank Horizons mailing list here. Nature is an interrogator, and consciousness is the answer. Editor’s Note The Qualia Research Institute has recently made me aware that there are considerably more overlaps between the content of this essay and ideas previously put forward […]

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The Philosophy and Neuroscience of Consciousness, Part I: Graph Harmonics and Energy Landscapes

6,400 words Join the Blank Horizons mailing list here. Header image taken from here. Editor’s Note The Qualia Research Institute (QRI) has recently made me aware that there are considerably more overlaps between the content of this essay and ideas previously put forward by the institute than I initially realized. I have since revised the […]

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A Future for Humanity, Part I

“All you need is love.” – John Lennon 6,600 words Sign up for the Blank Horizons mailing list here. Header image (“The Voyage of Life: Youth” by Thomas Cole) taken from here. Last summer, I had the privilege of interning at the Qualia Research Institute (QRI), a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering the science of […]

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Consciousness and the Binding Problem

“Everything is just circles and rotations.” – Aidan Fitzsimons, Harvard Class of 202? 6,600 words Sign up for the Blank Horizons mailing list here. Definitions As in previous essays, I use “perceive,” “observe,” and “experience” synonymously. A “quale” (plural: “qualia”) is defined as the way that a subjective experience feels. We are all very deeply […]

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