Riccardo Manzotti's Home Page
My research focuses on
what consciousness tells us about the nature of the world.
I take the mind and the world to be just two incomplete descriptions of nature.
Look at the universe,
Currently, I am assistant professor of
Psychology at the IULM University
As of 15 September and until 1 July I will be at the MIT, Dept of Linguistic and Philosophy as a Fulbright Scholar working on "A radical externalist view of consciousness".
My recent talk at the Dept. Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts (LPA), University of Michigan, Dearborn, MP3
A small program to play generating color illusions here.
A recent talk at Palazzo Greppi (Milan, 2013), in Italian, on "Lo spazio politico della bellezza".
A recent talk at the Cagliari University (Cagliari, 2013), in Italia, on machine consciousness.
These are two recent articles on the Spread Mind:
- Tim Parks' article on the New York Review of Books Blog
- ContraInfo's article in Spanish on the Spread Mind (la Conciencia Esparcida).
This is my tutorial on machine consciousness at SMC2012, Seoul, October 2012
Here you can find a talk (2011) I gave in Jerusalem at the PsychoOntology Conference in Jerusalem on the "Physical foundations of the conscious mind"
The podcast (MP3, 32 Mb) of my Tucson 2010 talk about the spread mind.
I have been working to the BICAIK, a bilateral Italian-Korean project aiming at designing and implementing conscious agents (BICAIK).
A few videos with some lectures on various topics are available here
A few cartoons on my standpoint are available
I am contributing
with a journal on philosophy of Mind, AI,
robotics, cognitive science:
In 2009, I chaired an ESF Exploratory Workhop on Neuroesthetics.
On the scientific side, I published some new papers and chapters on the externalist view of consciousness I am developing since 2001.
During 2008, among the other things, I attended to a Workshop on Machine Consciousness at Nokia; I've been invited to give a talk at the Winter APA Meeting in Philadelphia. In Italy I had the pleasure to participate to the Infinita...mente Festival in Verona.
In 2008 I co-authored with Vincenzo Tagliasco the book "L'esperienza. Perché i neuroni non spiegano tutto" (The experience. Why neurons do not explain everything). As you can imagine, we look for an explanation of consciousness which goes beyond the sometime limited scope of neuroscience.
During 2007, I co-chaired a symposium on the relation between consciousness and artificial intelligence at the AAAI Fall Symposia, Washington DC. Together with Antonio Chella, I am one of the editors of the book Artificial Consciousness (Imprint Academic, 2007).
In 2005 I coorganized the International Workshop on Artificial Consciousness held in Agrigento. In the same year, I've been co-editor of a special Networks issue on consciousness. I also took part to the TSC2005 Copenhagen where a special special plenary session was devoted to externalism (Ted Honderich, Francois Tonneau and myself were the key speaker). If you want to know more click here.
My main reasearch topice is the understanding the nature of consciousness. To do so, I believe that we need to change our fundamental categories. The road I envisage passes through the technological land of robotics as well as the misty shadows of theoretical philosophical analysis. We hope I won't get lost along the journey. There is no more important quest than consciousness. For the conscious mind is the point of the universe where knowledge and being are one and the same.
In order to to
understand consciousness, we need to understand reality. To understand reality
we need two steps: hypotheses and empirical verifications. The scientific
tradition narrowed the field of empirical evidence at only the objective facts.
In order to understand what consciousness is, a new ontological standpoint is
needed and, in order to verify such ontological premises a new kind of
experiments must be envisaged.
A page that summarizes my skepticism about any neurosceintific theory of consciousness ...
World visitors ...
If you want to hear and see one of my presentation of the theory of consciousness I've been working on for the last ten years you can download a podcast from here (it is the presentation I gave at the AAAI Fall Symposium on Consciousness and AI, Washington DC, 12 November 2007):
Milan, June 2013
Manzotti R., (ed.)
Situated Aesthetics. Art beyond the skin. Exeter (UK),
Imprint Academic, 2011
To know more click here.
Amy Jone's review on Leonardo
Anna Li Vigni's review on Il Sole 24 Ore (18/9/2011) (in Italiano)
Manzotti R., Tagliasco, V. L'esperienza. Perché i
neuroni non spiegano tutto. Codice edizioni. Milano, 2008
Per saperne di più clicca qui.
Per la versione ebook clicca qui.
Manzotti R., Chella A. (a cura di),
Artificial Consciousness, Exeter (UK), Imprint Academic,
- To know more click here
- A review
|Manzotti R. Psicologia della percezione artistica. Milano, Arcipelago, 2006|
Villamira M, Manzotti R, Comunicazione e
sistemi. Milano, Franco Angeli, 2004.
Manzotti R., Tagliasco V.
Coscienza e realtà. Bologna, Il Mulino, 2001.
Manzotti R. Intentional Robots.
Genova, Lira-lab, 2000