What and where is our consciousness?

Hidden in plain sight

"The consciousness of x is x"

Riccardo Manzotti is a philosopher, psychologist, and AI expert and the author of The Spread Mind: Why Consciousness and the World Are One

Currently, he is full professor of theoretical philosophy at the IULM University (Milan). He has been Fulbright Visiting Scholar at MIT (Boston).

He is executive editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness, has published several books and many papers on the topic of consciousness, machine consciousness, perception, philosophy of mind, aesthetics, media, and philosophy of art.

His current research focuses on the issue of consciousness and the structure of reality: What is consciousness? Is there a separation between our experience of the world and the world? Does the present have a fixed time span? Can we design and build a conscious machine? What ethical questions do consciousness and technology raise in the 21st century?


Yayılmış Zihin

In Turkish the theory of the Spread Mind that provides a new ontology of reality where consciousness fits seamlessly in. Can we explain first person properties in terms of relative and spatiotemporally gerrumandered objects ?

Ich Denke, Aber Wer Ist Ich?

Together with Anne Carine Hashagen a book about the meaning of life. How do we measure the value of our lives? What is a meaningful life and where do we find meaning? The author duo Hashagen/Manzotti pursues a radically different, much more promising path.

Dialogues on Consciousness

Fifteen dialogues between Riccardo Manzotti and the celebrated English novelist Tim Parks about the nature of consciousness. We address the human key questions ever: How do we think? how do we perceive one another, and ourselves?

La mente allargata

Una nuova teoria della coscienza che risolve il cosiddetto "hard problem". La coscienza non è dentro il cervello, ma è tutt'uno con il mondo esterno che esiste relativamente al nostro corpo. Noi siamo fuori di testa!

The Spread MIND

A book that proposes a solution to the hard problem of consciousness. By revisiting the nature of the physical world in terms of spatio-temporally relative objects, I explain how we can find our consciousness inside the physical world.

Consciousness and Object

A detailed and rigorous defense of the Spread Mind based on the most advanced theories from physics and neuroscience.

La mente allargata

The Spread Mind in Chinese!

Zihnin Ucu Bucagi

The Spread Mind in Turkish.

the mind-object identity hypothesis

The physical world is made of relative objects whose existence is relative to other objects. Once the world is reconceived as a spatio-temporal network of relative objects, consciousness and subjectivity can be recast in the physical world.


22-29 Maggio 2023, Riccardo Manzotti, The Mind-Object Identity Hypothesis, Toward a Science of Consciousness 2023, Taormina.

10 Maggio, Riccardo Manzotti, Il neurone va al museo, Milano.

21-23 Aprile, Festival di Foligno

12-14 Aprile, Pavia, La IULM va a scuola …

3-6 Aprile, Toscana & Philosophy

23 Marzo, Riccardo Manzotti, Immagine in sé da Bergson alle neuroscienze, Palazzo nuovo, Torino

17 Marzo, Torino, Bergson …

27 Gennaio 2023, Riccardo Manzotti, La torsione autoritaria delle neuroscienze, Festival della cultura della libertà, Piacenza

23 Gennaio 2023, Milano

12 Dicembre, Nudge & Consciousness

18 Novembre, Riccardo Manzotti, Le neuroscienze mentono, Circolo filologico, Bookcity, Milano.

17 Novembre, Riccardo Manzotti, Le neuroscienze non sono innocenti: la torsione autoritaria della scienza, Bookcity, Milano.

22 Ottobre, Riccardo Manzotti, La coscienza è una cosa, relativa ma sempre cosa, Festival della scienza, Genova.

16 Settembre, Riccardo Manzotti, Fuori di testaDomosofia, Genova.

5 Settembre, Riccardo Manzotti, L’interiorià è un errore mostruoso, Umano troppo umano, Palazzo Donà dell Rose, Venezia

20-23 Luglio, Riccardo Manzotti, Cogito interrotto: la copula come identità generantePraxis Scuola Filosofica, Forlì.

11 Giugno, Riccardo Manzotti, La geografia della mente: tra persona e mondoFestival Ciclopica, Amelia.

23 Aprile, Riccardo Manzotti, Né anima, né corpo: io sono mondoFestival Scienza e Filosofia, Foligno.

20 Aprile, Riccardo Manzotti, The Hypothesis of the Mind-Object IdentityIMT, Lucca.


6 Aprile, Riccardo Manzotti, AI and ConsciousnessUMANIA, Università IULM, Milano.

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