What has consciousness ever done for us? Freud revolutionized our understanding of the mind with the idea that some behaviour could be driven unconsciously. 150 years later, we’re left wondering whether any behaviour is driven consciously. When does action depend on conscious thought and when is it farmed out to non-conscious systems?
Both scientists and philosophers agree that’s a ‘hard’ question. Philosophy brings a subtle understanding of the phenomenon while science can now tell us something about what is going on in the brain when people are conscious, and how that generates behaviour.
Join leading neuroscientists and philosophers for a discussion of what our consciousness offers us and learn what it’s like to be a subject in some of the key experiments trying to find answers to these questions.
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