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The 3rd AISB Workshop:
"The Emergence Of Consciousness"

Workshop took place on 9 May 2013
St Mary's University (SMU), Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, London TW1 4SX

Co-organised by
  • The Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies (CBET)
  • Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)
As part of the AISB Members workshop series .

Symposium Overview

Consciousness is sometimes thought to be a special attribute of humans, but what exactly do we mean by it? If we know what it is, how did it emerge (if indeed it did), and when and why? Is there a continuum between consciousness and non-consciousness? Should we distinguish between consciousness and self-consciousness in trying to answer these questions? What do fields such as philosophy, cognitive science, evolutionary psychology, palaeoanthropology, neuroscience and cognitive archaeology have to contribute to these questions? This one-day workshop brings together a multidisciplinary team to examine these issues, with opportunities for discussion.

Example Topics of Interest

  • Philosophical Issues;
  • Computational-Philosophical Issues
  • Cognition and cognitive science
  • Neuroscience and neural networks
  • Psychology and evolutionary psychology
Any other topics related to the emergence of consciousness were also welcomed.

Submission and Publication Details

***Submission of abstracts has now closed***

Submissions are by abstract only and should be sent via EasyChair.

Selected papers (presented at this workshop) may be included for publication in the AISB general proceedings of the AISB Workshop Proceedings

Schedule and Event


Symposium Organisers

Prof Geoffrey Hunt BSc (Hons), MLitt, PhD
Professorial Research Fellow St Mary's University, Twickenham, UK
+44 (0)20 8240 2311
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Dr. Yasemin J. Erden, Lecturer, Philosophy/CBET, St Mary's University, Twickenham, UK.
+44 (0)20 8240 4250

About the Workshops

The AISB has begun to host our series of workshops to be held across the country, covering a wide range of themes pertinent to the aims of the AISB. If you are interested in hosting one of these events, you will find below information on what you will need to do. More information about the series, including a list of previous events, can be found on the AISB website.