The dimensions of consciousness:
From perceptual illusions to psychedelics
Interviewed by Katrin H. Preller
dimensions of consciousness, psychedelics, visual perception, artificial intelligence, content of consciousness
In this interview, the psychologist and neuroscientist Olivia Carter (University of Melbourne, Australia) explains how she became interested in the field of consciousness. We discuss how her work on visual perception has led her to study the effect of psychedelics and how this has inspired a multidimensional model of consciousness. We discuss the potential contents of “higher” states of consciousness and argue that the existence of those is an unresolved question. We finish the exchange on the challenges for successful demonstration of artificial intelligence and by discussing the most important questions that the field needs to ask and answer in order to move forward.