The Consciousness & Matter Project (CON-MAT) is a research project in the philosophy of mind which aims to trace links between the inner structure of our consciousness and the metaphysics of consciousness with focus on Russellian monism.
You can find here general information about CON-MAT, updates about our project seminar Mind Readings and about other events relevant to the project.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Despite good evidence that phenomenal consciousness with its experiential qualities is deeply tied with the neuronal electro-chemical activity of the brain, it is unclear how the latter produces the former. Dissatisfaction with the 20th century's prevailing physicalist paradigm has led to the revival of ‘supra-physicalism’ (Russellian monism) according to which matter has special intrinsic properties that are directly relevant for the production of human-level consciousness. The Consciousness & Matter Project (CON-MAT) uses an innovative methodology based on the notion of phenomenology of awareness to identify the nature of these properties and thus offer a fresh look on supra-physicalism.
WHO WE ARE
The Consciousness & Matter Project is conducted by main researcher Dr. Jakub Mihalik, mentored by Dr. Sam Coleman—a leading supra-physicalist expert—at the University of Hertfordshire.