Raymond Tallis, Emeritus Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Manchester.

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Raymond Tallis, Emeritus Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Manchester.

Carnegie 113

April 17, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Abstract:

            The concept of ‘information’ occupies a central place in contemporary theories of mind and consciousness, in discussion of the possibility of conscious machines, and in transhumanist dreams of uploading selves on to non-biological platforms to secure eternal life. In the colloquium I will discuss the different aspects of the misuse of this term. They include:  a) expanding the scope of information beyond that of something exchanged between conscious beings – eventually to encompass all events in the universe; b) conflating information in the technical Shannon-Weaver sense with information as it is used in daily life; c) reducing human consciousness to information or information processing. ‘Myth-information’  gives the impression of real progress in understanding the relationship between brains, minds, and human persons while actually blocking such progress.

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