This new SAS offline open course explores recent interdisciplinary insights on how the conscious mind works. Researchers of different disciplines will contribute to this course, so you will learn how interdisciplinary research is done, involving philosophers, a computer scientist, and an economist.

A key research thesis that will be explored in this course is that consciousness is strongly related to cognition and rationality. The philosophers (G. AndreolettiL. Vervoort) will place the topic of this course in its general context, and study questions as: Which theories of consciousness exist? What is the conceptual link between consciousness, cognition, rationality? Which lines of research are promising?

The computer scientist (A. Lysenko) will delve into the topic of AGI (artificial general intelligence), which is believed to mimic or even to surpass (features of) human consciousness, cognition and rationality. He will deal with questions such as: What are the best approaches for reaching AGI in computers and robots – approaches such as “deep learning”? Can robots and systems based on A(G)I become conscious? What are the most advanced forms of cognition and rationality that computers can reach (now and in the future)?

Finally, the economist (A. Usvitskiy) will study rational consciousness and rationality from the point of view of economics. In particular, what is considered rational in economics? How can we relate this to the real decisions of people? Does the notion of rationality change over time? What are the limitations of rationality?

  • September 7 – October 21, 19:20, Tyumen time
  • The course is taught in English
  • Due to restrictions, the number of seats is limited — 25. You must register if you are willing to participate in offline mode. The lectures' recordings will also be available on the SAS YouTube channel.

The schedule

  • Louis Vervoort
    September 7, 19:20 (501)
    September 9, 19:20 (501)
    September 14. 19:20 (501)
    September 16, 19:20 (312)
  • Giacomo Andreoletti
    September 21, 19:20 (501)
    September 23, 19:20 (501)
    September 28. 19:20 (501)
    September 30. 19:20 (501)
  • Alexey Lysenko
    October 4, 19:20 (501)
    October 5, 19:20 (501)
    October 6, 19:20 (501)
    October 7, 19:20 (501)
  • Alexander Usvitskiy
    October 12, 19:20 (501)
    October 14, 19:20 (501)
    October 19, 19:20 (501)
    October 21, 19:20 (501)