Founded in 2018, the Qualia Research Institute (QRI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit developing a mathematical formalization for subjective experience and its emotional valence. Our rigorous research and theoretical insights, driven by the Importance-Tractability-Neglectedness (ITN) framework, are directed towards mapping the state-space of consciousness. We maintain a collaborative network of academics, independent researchers, and thought leaders, all dedicated to suffering-focused ethics and creating technologies optimizing the well-being of sentient beings.
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Our think tank model uniquely allows for developing language that accurately describes exotic experiences. Standard recollection of textures, dynamics, and phenomena decays rapidly over time. Our method sustains detailed memory, keeping the "flame of knowledge" alive.
Academia: Questionnaires, neuroimaging, psychophysics, word analysis...
Psychonaut/Meditator: goes deep on his or her own. E.g., John Lilly, Terence Mckenna, Christopher Bache, etc.
Qualia Research Institute: a critical mass of smart, introspective individuals driven to faithfully characterize the phenomenology and the observed dynamics of exotic states.
We believe phenomenological reporting that focuses on the texture and structure of subjective experiences, rather than just the narrative content, is critical for advancing the scientific understanding of exotic states of consciousness.Learn how to report on experiences Read reports focusing on phenomenal character
We developed the Tracer Replication Tool to quantify the intricate visual textures induced by exotic states, paving the way for a more rigorous phenomenology of consciousness. This tool allows us to precisely characterize different states, substances, and practices and relate these textures to higher-level effects on cognition, emotion, and world-building.Learn the science behind the tool Try the tool
We created this series for meditators to gain deeper self-knowledge and enhance their practice. Whether they are a novice or seasoned practitioner, we believe these meditations can provide profound new phenomenological insights into their consciousness research toolkits.Qualia Mastery Part 1 Qualia Mastery Part 2
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