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Welcome to the Convergent Science Network Podcast! 

During the BCBT Summerschools (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) hosting professors Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott interviewed several speakers after their lectures. Interviews are also conducted on other occasions with various scientist in converging fields.

About the hostsPaul Verschure is ICREA Professor at SPECS, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; Tony Prescott is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Sheffield.

The Convergent Science Network of biomimetic and biohybrid systems (CSN, is a coordination action for the development of future real-world technologies. CSN is supported through the Future and Emerging Technology programs (FET) of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) work programme of Framework Programme 7 of the European Commission.

Audio (post-)production: Sytse Wierenga. Podcast site: Alberto Betella.

Thoughts, discussions, and achievements in neurobiology, biomimetic and biohybrid systems

We can learn a lot from brains and bodies when making machines and robots. But reversely, building complex machine systems can also give ideas about how brains and bodies have implemented their functioning over the evolution of ages. This podcast discusses various themes and aspects in-between robotics, neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, biology, and technology.

Interview with Victor Lamme


							 Interview with Victor Lamme

This post-lecture interview was conducted during the BCBT Summerschool held at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, september 2010.

The current definition of what consciousness is, is unsatisfactory according to Victor Lamme. He proposes to put aside the emphasis on the descriptions from introspection and psychology, and build a new definition from a neuroscientific perspective. This approach could offer a more thorough way to assess the 'grey zone' between the polar states of being completely conscious, and being completely unconscious, like during coma. The approach also offers a method to disambiguate the role of attention in tasks associated with more or less conscious states. With Paul Veschure Lamme discusses his views with respect to his research on change blindness and subconscious recognition, and role of the feed-forward recurrent connectivity architectures, which make him a critic of global workspace proposals. Lamme thinks that it is fundamentally impossible to know what exactly someone else is conscious of at a certain moment. He expects that the contribution of experimentation will show that the neural argument of recurrence will prove an essential prerequisite for consciousness phenomena.

About the lecturer
Victor Lamme is professor at the University of Amsterdam. He studies visual consciousness to understand how we process visual information. This is –sometimes– accompanied by a sensation: we see. What brain mechanisms make that happen?

Categories | Cognition | | Neuroscience


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