Always an interesting discussion. From the MIT-sponsored Physics arXiv Blog which provides daily coverage of the best new ideas from an online forum called the Physics arXiv
Stuart Kauffman is a theoretical biologist and author from the University of Calgary in Canada who has pioneered the study of complexity in relation to biological systems.
As a theoretical biologist, it must be hard to avoid the biggest outstanding problem of them all: what is the nature of consciousness? And today, Kauffman takes a crack at it along with five others related to the philosophy of mind.
He begins by mapping out his territory: “If mind depends upon the specific physics of the mind-brains system, mind is, in part, a matter for physicists.” Fair enough.
He then lists the questions he hopes to tackle: (more)