Dr. Bernard J. Baars

 

Bernard J. Baars, Ph.D. is Affiliated Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, CA.
 
Bernie is a cognitive scientist specializing in conscious and unconscious brain functions, voluntary control, and concepts of self. These common sense ideas have long been difficult to study in the biobehavioral sciences, but have returned to the forefront in recent decades. He is best known for his book, A Cognitive Theory of Consciousness (1988) in which he develops an integrative theory called Global Workspace Theory (GWT) as a model for conscious and unconscious processes in the human brain. 
 
GWT continues to be developed, in collaboration with Professor. Stan Franklin of the University of Memphis, Professor Murray Shanahan of Imperial College, London, and scientists working in the Neural Darwinism tradition of Gerald A. Edelman at the Neurosciences Institute. A number of neuroscientists are advancing the theory from their own perspectives, notably Professor Stan Dehaene and his research group in Paris. A popular account of GWT appeared in 1997, called In the Theater of Consciousness: the Workspace of the Mind, from Oxford University Press (1997; translated into German and Japanese).
 
Bernie cofounded the journal Consciousness & Cognition together with William P. Banks, published by Academic Press/Elsevier, and was the first president of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. ASSC is still the sole scientific organization dedicated to the empirical study and understanding of consciousness and related issues. Both Consciousness & Cognition and ASSC have helped to expand the accepted reach of consciousness science to a large number of topics, including such fields as animal consciousness.
 
Bernie is also a founder and editor of the web bulletin Science and Consciousness Review, along with Thomas Ramsoy and others. SCR aims to make the fast-growing scientific literature available to a wider web audience.
 
He recently developed teaching materials for a web-based coursethrough the University of Arizona Center for Consciousness Studies. He has also edited a college textbook, together with Nicole M. Gage, called Cognition, Brain, and Consciousness: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience. (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2007).
 
Bernie authored The Cognitive Revolution in Psychology, editedExperimental Slips and Human Error: Exploring the Architecture of Volition (Cognition and Language: A Series in Psycholinguistics), and coedited Essential Sources in the Scientific Study of Consciousness
 
His papers include An architectural model of conscious and unconscious brain functions: Global Workspace Theory and IDA,How conscious experience and working memory interactThe conscious access hypothesis: origins and recent evidenceApplying Global Workspace Theory to the Frame ProblemBrain, conscious experience and the observing self, and Global Workspace Theory: A Rigorous Scientific Theory of Consciousness
 
Bernie earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UCLA in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at UCLA in 1977.

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Dr. Peter J. Glassman is an educator and author who has worked extensively in early childhood, elementary, and post-secondary education in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Peter has taught at Columbia University, Tulane University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been awarded permanent visiting professor status in the People’s Republic of China. He has served as Provost at New England College, and Dean at The University of Macau and The California Institute for Integral Studies.

He currently serves as Vice-President for Curriculum and Instruction at The Early Learning Institute in Palo Alto, California.

Peter consults widely on issues concerning education, cross-cultural communication, and education policy for education and government groups. He is an experienced organizational leader with a record of inspiring profound and persisting institutional growth.

He has been a Fulbright professor, a Fellow of the NATO Atlantic Council and a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. He has won awards for outstanding teaching from Columbia University, Tulane University, Hangzhou University and Guangxi Normal University.

Peter’s core competency is teaching young people to believe in themselves, and to believe in their power to drive change. He is particularly effective in helping young people discover, accept, and manage the forces in civilization and the parts of our own mind that inhibit our faith and impede our action.

Peter has lived and worked in North America, Asia and Europe, and was raised with foster brothers from Sudan and Japan. He has an uncommon joy in human diversity, and an unusual ability to transact effectively across cultures.

Peter is the author of three books and numerous essays on human creativity and community. He received his Ph.D. degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Peter and his wife, Karen Lam, live in Vancouver, B.C.

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Ilia Stambler
​Content and Community Manager

Ilia Stambler coordinates relationships and discussions between LEPI's growing community of supporters through facilitated, content-driven discussion.

He is an affiliate scholar with the Institute for Ethical and Emerging Technologies, whose prior employment includes scientific writing at the Biophysical Schottenstein Center for the Research and Technology of the Cellome, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He studied biomedical engineering in Moscow Polytechnical Institute, biology at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and received his MA in English literature and Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University. He is the author of the book A History of Life-Extensionism in the 20th Century and numerous other works on longevity science, advocacy, and history. He speaks Hebrew, English, Russian, German and Yiddish, is chairman of the International Longevity Alliance-Israel, executive committee member of the International Society on Aging and Disease, and coordinator for theLongevity For All advocacy network.  

 


 

 

In this episode Gennady Stolyarov II interviews me about some of my guests and current trends in biotechnology. Here I am in the hot seat! We cover gene therapy, nanotechnology, work I have done in nanotech, bioprinting, regenerative medicine, the legal landscape, existential threats posed by biohacking, and the ways in which the DIY revolution is changing biology. Music by Andrew Vavrek of Tryad.

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In this podcast Nicole and I discuss quantum neural networks. Beginning with classical NNs, then moving on to quantum effects in biology, the implications of the afformentioned effect's for neuroscience, information theory, and, finally quantum neural networks. This recording is at once mind-bending and accessible. Nicole is extremely gifted when it comes to presenting difficult ideas.


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Dr. Glassman and I talk about the life and ideas of John Stuart Mill, arguably the most influential Western intellectual of the 19th century. His book was one of the sources I drew from for my documentary on Mill.

 

Dr. Peter J. Glassman is an educator and author who has worked extensively in early childhood, elementary, and post-secondary education in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. Peter has a unique background in China.

 

Since 1982 he has taught in China’s leading universities with the title Permanent Visiting Professor of Culture by appointment of the State Education Commission. He also serves as the Founder & President of the Sino- American Education Council, a private alliance of university presidents and heads of private schools in China and North America. Peter has formed close friendships with numerous senior leaders in China’s government, business, and finance sectors.

 

Under their sponsorship he travels widely throughout China, and has been given exceptional access to the nation’s political, economic, and sociological environments. He consults in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia on issues concerning education, cross-cultural communication, management, and strategic affairs for government and business groups.

 

Peter is the author of three previous books, and numerous essays on human creativity and society. His electronic collection of essays on social and cultural affairs, Mind In The Modern World [ www.peterglassman.net], has a rapidly growing worldwide audience. The site now draws an average of 1000+ readers per day. Peter received his Ph.D. degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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