piero scaruffi

piero scaruffi, who graduated in Mathematics from the University of Torino in Italy, is a cognitive scientist who has been the manager of an Artificial Intelligence Center in a large multinational, has been a visiting scholar at several academic centers (notably Harvard and Stanford universities), has lectured in three continents (including U.C. Berkeley Extensions) and published several books on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, the latest one being "The Nature of Consciousness" (2006). He pioneered Internet applications in the early 1980s and the use of the World-Wide Web for cultural purposes in the mid 1990s. His interdisciplinary research aims at merging Physics (notably Quantum Physics, Relativity and Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics), Mathematics (notably non-linear systems), Psychology, Linguistics and Biology towards a synthesis that would yield a theory of consciousness. His poetry has been awarded several national prizes in Italy and the USA, and is currently working on a multi-lingual poem with sounds and images. As a music historian, he has published ten books, the latest ones being "A History of Rock Music" (2003) and "A History of Jazz Music" (2007). He is currently working on "A History of Avantgarde Music". He has also written extensively about cinema, literature and the visual arts for his website www.scaruffi.com, and has been working for several years on a history of knowledge. An avid traveler, he has visited 121 countries of the world and hiked all over California..