Pete Mandik is professor of philosophy at William Paterson University in New Jersey. He is author of This Is Philosophy of Mind and co-host of the podcast SpaceTimeMind.
Metaphysical Daring as a Post Human Survival Strategy
Debates over the theoretical possibility of mind-uploading run into two metaphysical impasses. The first concerns whether computer simulations of your brain would give rise to actual conscious experience. The second concerns whether such a consciousness would be yours, as opposed to a mere copy. Despite the impossibility of knowing which side of such debates is true, I argue that the more metaphysically daring positions (the ones that hold mind-uploading to constitute actual survival of consciousness) are more fit in a sense that can be defined within a broadly Darwinian framework.
Time: 5 am
Location: Cultural Services of the French Embassy / Ballroom