Colloquium: February 28th, 2020

Speaker: Raymond Tallis

Title: Myth-Information

Friday, February 28th at 2:30pm in CLE A303

Abstract: The talk will examine the misuse of ‘Information’, a term that is ubiquitous in contemporary philosophy. Materialist philosophers find it especially useful for reducing the mind to activity in the brain. If consciousness is information and what goes on in the brain is information-processing, then the mind is brain activity. At the heart of this argument are many confusions, the most important being the muddling of ‘information’ in everyday sense with the technical sense used in communication engineering. So long as ‘myth-information’ has such a prominent place in philosophical discourse, philosophers cannot even attempt to think about the relationship between mind and cosmos.