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Building Brains. The quest for consciousness

In the framework of the In-Lab theFlesh_theCircuitry_theGhost a series of lectures with guest speakers is organized by Van Eyck participants Alessandro Bertelle and Antje Guenther and former participants Hanna Nilsson and Rasmus Svensson.

This research group deals with the contemporary status of artificial intelligence (A.I.), with the potential and ethical problems of transhuman body enhancement as also the future of the human body and consequences for the civilization and society.

On Tuesday 23 February at 17:30 you are welcome to join the second lecture Building Brains. The quest for consciousness by Dr. Klaus Linkenkaer-Hansen. 

“What is an "I", and why are such things found (at least so far) only in association with, as poet Russell Edson once wonderfully phrased it, "teetering bulbs of dread and dream" - that is, only in association with certain kinds of gooey lumps encased in hard protective shells mounted atop mobile pedestals that roam the world on pairs of slightly fuzzy, jointed stilts?” 
- Douglas R. Hofstadter

One of the biggest scientific challenges of the 21st century is to understand our brain. If we would succeed we would not only understand how thoughts are formed, but we would also be able to recreate and displace their architecture. But would synthetic cerebral matter be conscious?

Dr. Klaus Linkenkaer-Hansen lecture's will briefly outline the many levels of organization at which the human brain can be studied and the associated complexity of making sense of the huge amount of data. While the concept of emergent dynamics has traditionally been developed in physics, it is becoming increasingly clear that the notion is indispensable for modeling, analyzing and understanding the integrative nature of human brain function.

⥅Dr. Klaus Linkenkaer-Hansen studied physics at the Niels Bohr Institute (Denmark), received his PhD in neuroscience from Helsinki University of Technology (Finland), and is team leader and associate professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands). His research focuses on the complex dynamics of spontaneous brain activity and its implications for cognition in health and disease. Theories of self-organization and complexity have guided his multi-disciplinary research since 1998.

Tuesday 23 February
17:30 – 18:30
Location: Van Eyck auditorium
More information here


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