Advisory Board

Dr. Susan Schneider

Susan Schneider, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, The University of Connecticut and author of Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind. She is also NASA/Baruch Blumberg Chair of Astrobiology; Distinguished Scholar Chair, Library of Congress; and Director, AI, Mind, and Society (“AIMS”) Group, the University of Connecticut.
Schneider writes about the fundamental nature of the self and mind, especially from the vantage point of issues in philosophy, artificial intelligence, and astrobiology. The topics she has written about most recently include radical brain enhancement, spacetime emergence, superintelligence, the nature of life, whether minds are in some sense programs, panpsychism and the nature of persons. She has been featured by The New York Times, Science, Nautilus, Smithsonian, Discover, PBS, The History Channel, and more.
Schneider edited Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence, coedited The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness, and authored The Language of Thought: A New Philosophical Direction.
Her papers include Superintelligent AI and the Postbiological Cosmos Approach, Non-Reductive Physicalism and the Mind Problem, Why Property Dualists Must Reject Substance Physicalism, The Metaphysics of Uploading, Alien Minds, The Nature of Symbols in the Language of Thought, LOT, CTM, and the Elephant in the Room, Fodor’s Challenge to the Classical Computational Theory of Mind, Daniel Dennett on the Nature of Consciousness, The Metaphysics of Uploading, Transcending and Enhancing the Human Brain, Cognitive Enhancement and the Nature of Persons, What is the Significance of the Intuition That the Laws of Nature Govern?, and Alien Individuals, Alien Universals, and Armstrong’s Combinatorial Theory of Possibility.
Schneider earned her B.A. (with honors) in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Rutgers University.
Watch a clip of Schneider on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s TV show, Star Talk, (the National Geographic Channel), Episode 10; Transcending the Brain? AI, Radical Brain Enhancement and the Nature of Consciousness; Can They Get A Search Warrant For Your Thoughts?; and Alien Minds. Listen to Susan Schneider: The Language of Thought: A New Philosophical Direction. Read Mental Lives and Fodor’s LOT and The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots. Read The Philosophy of “Her”.
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