2019 Guest Speaker
David P. White Chair in Sleep Medicine & Distinguished Chair in Consciousness Science, University of Wisconsin
Free presentation intended for a general audience. Reception to follow.
Mind Brain Lecture
What is Consciousness?
April 1, 2019,
Staller Center Main Stage
Scientists have long wondered what consciousness is and where it lives in the brain. Are newborns, animals and intelligent computers conscious? Does consciousness fade when patients become unresponsive after brain damage, during general anesthesia or even in deep sleep?
Dr. Giulio Tononi will share how integrated information theory (IIT) attempts to answer these questions. IIT starts not from the brain but from consciousness itself — the world of experience — and derives from it what it takes for a system to be conscious. He will also discuss how IIT has stirred the development of promising tests to evaluate consciousness in non-communicative subjects.