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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A Very Preliminary Theory of Consciousness and Time, Part II

2,900 words Header image taken from here. Sign up for the Blank Horizons mailing list here.   Three levels of consciousness In defending panpsychism, the view that everything is conscious, philosophers have often distinguished between two kinds of consciousness: (1) proto-consciousness and (2) the consciousness that humans (and likely animals) are familiar with. (From here […]

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A Broader Conception of Memory

2,800 words Header image taken from here. Sign up here for the Blank Horizons mailing list. Supplementary reading: If you are intrigued by the ideas in this article, I strongly encourage you to read “The Intelligent Plant,” a 2013 essay by Michael Pollan that was featured in The New Yorker. Also, this blogpost’s section on plant memory […]

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