Consciousness in the predictive mind

The project aims to provide a unified approach to the nature of consciousness. Neuroscience and philosophy are still unable to explain how the brain gives rise to our conscious experience. Competing theories of consciousness are piecemeal, difficult to test and compare, and mostly formulated without much regard to a general theory of brain function. This project takes a different approach: it front-loads a new and influential general theory of brain function, and aims to use this theory to determine which theories of consciousness can be defended and which rejected. The anticipated outcome is a unified scientific and theoretical approach to consciousness, achieving a deeper and more integrated understanding of a major field of contemporary neuroscience and philosophy research.

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Jakob Hohwy; Sid Kouider; Anil Seth; Felix Blankenburg
Philosophy, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies; Focus Program Belief, Value, Mind