ALIUS Bulletin. Exploring the diversity of Consciouness è il bollettino annuale che pubblica interviste con ricercatori e docenti universitari che si occupano di coscienza e degli stati alterati di coscienza (ASCs)
The goal of the Bulletin is to present a clear outline of current research on ASCs across a variety of disciplines, with an emphasis on empirical work. It also aims at dispelling the widespread stigma that still plagues the notion of ASC, while allowing a wider audience to discover rigorous scientific work on the topic presented by authors in their own words.
Il bollettino è un’iniziativa dell’ALIUS Research Group che si propone la ricerca scientifica e sistematica sulla coscienza. Il Gruppo è multidisciplinare e si avvale del contributo di informatici, biologi, neuroscienziati, psicologi, filosofi, psichiatri e antropologi.
“ALIUS Research Group aims at investigating consciousness in a scientific and systematic manner, claiming that the study of consciousness should not be solely confined to a specific subset of conscious states and human subjects. Understanding consciousness requires taking into account the great diversity of states humans can experience – accounting for multiple factors and variables such as age, culture, practices, mental health and pathologies. The study of consciousness thus requires charting the cartography of the multifarious types of conscious states experienced by humans across the globe and across the full spectrum of biological and cultural differences.“
David Game, Human and Machine Consciousness
“Human and Machine Consciousness presents a new foundation for the scientific study of consciousness. It sets out a bold interpretation of consciousness that neutralizes the philosophical problems and explains how we can make scientific predictions about the consciousness of animals, brain-damaged patients and machines.
Gamez interprets the scientific study of consciousness as a search for mathematical theories that map between measurements of consciousness and measurements of the physical world. We can use artificial intelligence to discover these theories and they could make accurate predictions about the consciousness of humans, animals and artificial systems. Human and Machine Consciousness also provides original insights into unusual conscious experiences, such as hallucinations, religious experiences and out-of-body states, and demonstrates how ‘designer’ states of consciousness could be created in the future.
Gamez explains difficult concepts in a clear way that closely engages with scientific research. His punchy, concise prose is packed with vivid examples, making it suitable for the educated general reader as well as philosophers and scientists. Problems are brought to life in colourful illustrations and a helpful summary is given at the end of each chapter. The endnotes provide detailed discussions of individual points and full references to the scientific and philosophical literature.”
L’Association for the Scientific Study of Consciouness (ASSC) si propone di promuovere studi e ricerche sulla natura, funzione e sui meccanismi della coscienza.
Nel sito dell’ASSC potete trovare le annate dal 1994 al 2010 di Psyche, la rivista online dedicata a questi temi, e un’elenco di articoli e saggi (a testo pieno) dei membri dell’associazioni su queste tematiche.