QRI is building a new science of consciousness

The thing we care most deeply about is conscious experience — that the lights are on — and that our lives are filled with positive experiences.

But today, there aren’t many objective, scientific ways to talk about subjective experience.

Qualia Research Institute is working to solve this problem. We are building a new way to talk about consciousness in a consistent, meaningful, and rigorous way. We are attempting to answer questions like:

  • What is conscious?
  • How can we use math to describe experiences quantitatively?
  • What conscious states are possible and how can we produce them?

By building a new science of consciousness, we aim to (1) increase our understanding of the brain, (2) make predictions that are useful and testable, and (3) create technologies that empower all conscious beings to have meaningful, joyous lives free from unnecessary suffering and pain.

Watch our Introduction Video