Contributors to the Great Debate
Igor Aleksander is a an engineer who has worked in artificial
intelligence, neural networks and is now involved at Imperial College
in London, in developing research on computational studies of consciousness.
He is one of the founder members of the
Consciousness research movement.
He has written over 200 scientific papers and 13 books, the most
recent being The World In My Mind, My Mind In The World
which explores the key mechanisms of consciousness in humans, animals and
machines. He was elected to the Fellowship of
the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1988, and was awarded a lifetime
achievement medal for Informatics by the Institution of Electrical
Engineers in the year 2000.
He makes frequent appearances on TV and Radio (including
In Our Time, Start the Week and Desert Island Disks)
and is currently writing a book on Aristotle's influence on the
philosophy of mind.
Igor Aleksander was on the panel of the debate What can
science tell us about human nature? at
The Great Debate: Agents of Change?
Darwinian Thought and Theories of Human Nature in October 2008
(Click here to view video.)
Igor Aleksander says:
'I am convinced that in principle it is possible to design machines that
are conscious in much the same way as I am ...'