Non-ordinary Consciousness for Artificial Intelligence

  • Gabriel Axel MontesEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10384)


Humans are active agents in the design of artificial intelligence (AI), and our input into its development is critical. A case is made for recognizing the importance of including non-ordinary functional capacities of human consciousness in the development of synthetic life, in order for the latter to capture a wider range in the spectrum of neurobiological capabilities. These capacities can be revealed by studying self-cultivation practices designed by humans since prehistoric times for developing non-ordinary functionalities of consciousness. A neurophenomenological praxis is proposed as a model for self-cultivation by an agent in an entropic world. It is proposed that this approach will promote a more complete self-understanding in humans and enable a more thoroughly mutually-beneficial relationship between in life in vivo and in silico.


Artificial intelligence Cognition Biomimetics Neuroscience Neurophenomenology Consciousness Philosophy Robotics Metacognition Mindfulness Mind-body Evolution Psychology Medicine Anthropology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia
  2. 2.Hunter Medical Research InstituteNewcastleAustralia

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