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. He is 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?


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.

Primavera 2021, Riccardo Manzotti, La mente allargata, Festival di Foligno, Foligno. (postponed)

1 Maggio 2021, CMC on Mindfluness and Eastern Philosophy, Roma

3 Febbraio 2021,  Riccardo Manzotti, Che cosa è la coscienza? UMANIA, AI LAB, IULM, Milano.

16 Dicembre,  Riccardo Manzotti, “Images do not exist. There are only relative objects”, Sightful 1.0, Master of Design in Visual Communication, Bar Allan University, Tel Aviv.


21 Novembre, I confini della persona, Visionary Days, Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Torino

18 Novembre,  Riccardo Manzotti, Intelligenza artificiale e dono, FundraisingMix.

11 Novembre,  Riccardo Manzotti, Virus e Leviatano, Con Aldo Maria Valli, Paolo Annichino, Serena Sileoni, Istituto Bruno Leoni

1 Novembre, Riccardo Manzotti, Tim Parks, Andrea Lavazza, Cogito Interrotto: Il Problema della Coscienza, Festival della scienza, Palazzo Ducale, ore 15:30, Genova

17 October, 11 am (US Pacific Time), Riccardo Manzotti, On the nature of consciousness, California Institute of Integral Studies, California.

Ottobre – Novembre, Riccardo Manzotti, Ciclo di 5 lezioni sulla mente allargata tra filosofia della mente, neuroscienze, Intelligenza Artificiale, ABCLive.

2 Ottobre, ore 13:00, Riccardo Manzotti, La coscienza fuori da noi. Dalla filosofia all’ingegneria, un approccio atipico alla questione della mente umana, CICAP, Milano.

25 Settembre, ore 17:00, Riccardo Manzotti, Being conscious without being alive: AI, mind, and life,  Futurological Congress, Humanity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Transart, Bolzano.

18 September, Riccardo Manzotti, The Mind-object Identity HypothesisThe Science of consciousness Online Conference, University of Arizona, Tucson.

14 September, Riccardo Manzotti, Antonio Chella, Pietro Perconti, Workshop on AI & Consciousness: Three Fighting PerspectivesThe Science of Consciousness, University of Arizona, Tucson.

13 Settembre, Riccardo Manzotti, Libertà, valore e rischi, ABCLive.

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