Small Worlds Big Ideas: The User-Illusion of Consciousness
Christopher Viger (University of Western Ontario)

February 1, 2019, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Department of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario

University College 1105
1151 Richmond Street
London
Canada

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Research into the patterns of neural connectivity using graph theory, connectomics, suggests that the brain has a small-world architecture, in which most connections between nodes are local, with relatively few long-ranging connections. I consider how this overall architecture underpins concept possession, which offers insights into language-thought relations. Furthermore, activity in long-range networks has been correlated with consciousness. I argue that a consequence of this architecture is a user-illusion of consciousness.

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