Riccardo Manzotti is a Professor of Psychology at the Institute of Human, Language and Environmental Sciences at the University of Milan. He holds a PhD. in robotics and is the author of more than 50 scientific papers. A former Fulbright Visiting Scholar at MIT, Manzotti is an associate editor of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Medicine. Over a period of many months, The New York Review of Books has posted an extended series of conversations between Manzotti and the novelist Tim Parks on the nature of consciousness.