Introducing Dr. David Dubrovsky

Cognition Theorist

Chief scientist at the RAS Institute of Philosophy, Co-chair of the RAS Science Council on the Methodology of Artificial Intelligence.

Human Nature, The Anthropological Crises and Global Future

The continual escalation in the ecological crisis and other global problems of our civilization are the path to an anthropological catastrophe. In order to avoid this, the consciousness of the mass person must be changed. And this is equivalent to a change in what is called human nature. It is a set of stable qualities of the social individual, which is reproduced in all eras and among all peoples, which shows its biological causality. The main issue is how to change its negative qualities: unbridled consumption, aggression towards fellow human beings, excessively selfish aspirations. I examine the main features of the anthropological crisis, and against this background, issues of transhuman evolution as a process of the transformation of corporality and consciousness, the formation of a human of a new type, which has overcome its biological nature and earthly limitation.

BIOGRAPHY

Fought in the Great Patriotic War (from December 1943, 3rd Belarussian front). From August 1945, lathe operator at the vehicle and tractor repair factory in Melitopol, and studied at night school. He passed exams for a high-school diploma, and enrolled at the philosophy faculty of Kiev State University, graduating in 1952. He worked at a secondary school in Donetsk (1952-1957) as a teacher of logic and psychology, and after these subjects were abolished, astronomy and metalwork, and from 1957 to 1970 at the Donetsk medical institute in the philosophy department. In 1962, he defended the PhD dissertation on the topic “On the analytical and synthetic nature of the reflective activity of the brain”, and in 1969 the doctoral dissertation “A philosophical analysis of the psycho-physiological problem”.

From 1971 to 1987, he was the section head of the magazine “Philosophical Sciences”, and a professor at the philosophy faculty of Moscow State University. In 1987-1988, he was the head scientific advisor of the Institute of the History of Natural Science and Technology of the USSR Academy of Sciences.

From 1988 to the present, he has been the head scientific advisor at the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Philosophy (Cognition Theory Department). He is the co-chairman of the Russian Academy of Science Scientific Council for the Methodology of Artificial Intelligence (from 2005), and a member of the editorial staff of a number of magazines.

He is the author of 7 books and 280 articles. His main scientific works concern the problem of the “consciousness and brain”, an analysis of the structure of subjective reality, issues of cognition theory and science methodology. In many of his articles, the topic of research is issues of the correlation between the conscious and the unconscious, the biological and the social, philosophical aspects of psycho-regulation, self-awareness, self-improvement, artificial intellect, and problems of deception and self-deception.


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