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The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach video

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    There's constant talk here about the immaterial nature of consciousness; it is - if not proven- a very plausible idea to some. In this lecture Dr.Christof discusses some of the biological mechanisms of brain functions.

    Dr. Christof Koch has been teaching at the California Institute of Technology since 1986. Prior to that he spent four years at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

    His laboratory, K-Lab, focuses on experimental and computational research pertaining to the biophysics and neurophysiology of neurons, and the neuronal correlates of selective visual attention, awareness and consciousness in the mammalian brain. For over 16 years, he collaborated with the late Dr. Francis Crick on discovering the neuronal correlates of consciousness in the primate brain. This research has made its way into a book for a general scientific audience, The Quest for Consciousness. The book discusses the Crick-Koch framework for how consciousness, the subjective mind, arises out of the flickering interactions within the neurons of the cerebral cortex and related structures. His research on understanding the biophysical mechanisms underlying computation at the level of synapses, channels, and membranes has led to the book: Biophysics of Computation. He has co-edited several collections: Methods in Neuronal Modeling, Large-Scale Neuronal Theories of the Brain, and Visual Attention and Cortical Circuits. He has authored over one hundred technical articles on neuroscience, and has numerous patents in the area of analog VLSI vision chips (smart vision chips). He is associated with the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and loves to climb mountains.

    Dr. Koch studied physics and philosophy at the University of Tübingen in West Germany. He was awarded his Ph.D. in biophysics (minor in Philosophy) from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen in 1982 (under Profs. Valentin Braitenberg and Tomaso Poggio).
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