Kris Notaro earned his BS in Philosophy from Charter Oak State College in Connecticut. He is currently the Bertrand Russell Society’s Vice-President for Website Technology. He has worked with the Bertrand Russell A/V Project at Central Connecticut State University, producing multimedia materials related to philosophy and ethics for classroom use. He has been a strong advocate for the distribution of open source and free software, especially in connection with the Linux operating system.
Kris’ hobbies include photography, computers, the outdoors, hiking, and reading. He considers himself a Chomskyan, Goldman, Beauvoirian, Sartrean, etc, Anarchist and can usually be found using the phrase “libertarian socialist, anarcho-syndicalist, cross-border solidarity, and technoprogressive” to definitively describe his politics.
His academic concentration has been on Consciousness Studies and Philosophy of Mind, relating both to techno-progressive politics and current and future understandings of the nature of consciousness, and he closely follows technological advances illuminating neuroscience, consciousness, and the ongoing brain/mind debate.
A believer in the integral relationship between technological advances and their social implications, he has an extensive history as a progressive activist, having worked for ACORN, HUD, Working Families Party, House Democrats, and progressive candidates for state office in Connecticut. He has attended and organized dozens of progressive events and protests around the U.S. and Canada opposing war, racism, imperialism, and the unjust consequences of globalization, and advocating, socioeconomic justice, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights.
In philosophy a primary focus of his has been on the concept of qualia as an essential component of consciousness and the ways in which an understanding of qualia will determine technologies such as AI, human enhancement, and the definition of human - being in relationship to other species especially as that impacts the ethical logic of animal and human rights. In that regard he endorses the recent Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness from prominent scientists, which proclaims “Evidence that human and nonhuman animal emotional feelings arise from homologous subcortical brain networks provide compelling evidence for evolutionarily shared primal affective qualia.”