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The Construction of Light
November 14, 2013

"And if a bird can speak, who once was a dinosaur And a dog can dream; should it be implausible That a man might supervise The construction of light?"                              

"After Philosophy": Introduction (part 1)
November 13, 2013

The first e* post of the new academic year is a first in another sense. Previously, all my postings here have been research lectures, about my own work. This post is of a lecture I gave on October 17th, 2006 as part of a Theoretical Philosophy course on

Finding aesthetic pleasure on the subjective edge of chaos: A proposal for robotic creativity
November 13, 2013

This is a lecture I gave at Goldsmiths College in London on May 16th 2006 as part of a Workshop on Computational Models of Creativity in the Arts. In the talk, I give the nine axioms that constitute my approach to creating systems that exhibit creativity

In defense of transparent computationalism
November 13, 2013

This talk, given on May 5th 2006 in Laval, France at the International Conference on Computers and Philosophy, was originally to be based on a paper I wrote in 1999, but ended up diverging from it substantially. Abstract of the original 1999 paper: "A di

Counterfactual computational vehicles of consciousness
November 13, 2013

Given April 7th 2006 in Tucson at Toward a Science of Consciousness 2006, this is really two talks in one. My attendance at the conference was made possible in part by grant OCG43170 from the British Academy; I am grateful for their support. Abstract: In

Evolving concepts of creativity: A mirror, a tightrope and an inkblot
November 13, 2013

A few hours ago I spoke at the second University of Sussex creativity workshop, "Evolving Views of Creativity". Speaking near the end of the day, my role was to synthesize what had been said, in aid of developing a consensus on what we at Sussex mean by

Machine models of consciousness: An ASSC tutorial (part 1)
November 13, 2013

Last Friday (June 23rd), as part of the 10th meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness in Oxford, Igor Aleksander, Murray Shanhan and I jointly offered a tutorial on machine consciousness. I started with a discussion of general

Epistemic blindspot sets: A resolution of Sorensen's strengthened paradox of the surprise examination
November 13, 2013

I am not officially a member of the Department of Philosophy at Sussex (I'm in the Department of Informatics and am the Director of COGS), so the fact that I was invited to speak at the Philosophy Department's Away Day on June 13th is evidence of the fac

Update: All media are again accessible
November 12, 2013

Apologies to all of you who have been trying to access media at e* -- they are now accessible again.Thank you for your interest,Ron

Painting an experience? How aesthetics might assist a neuroscience of sensory experience
November 12, 2013

IULM University, Milan, hosted a European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop on "Neuroesthetics: When art and the brain collide" on the 24th and 25th of September, 2009. In my invited lecture, I departed significantly from my advertised title, inste