Episode 113 - The Science and Philosophy of Consciousness, Part 1
February 06, 2012
Part one of two episodes documenting a symposium held at New York University by the Center for Inquiry – New York City. What does science tell us about consciousness? What light does scientific research shed on our understanding of the human capacity for attention and perception? How has philosophy helped us make sense of scientific findings about our ability to experience and feel?
On February 13, 2011, the Center for Inquiry – New York City presented a live event at Tischman Auditorium of NYU to examine these questions. It was titled, “The Science and Philosophy of Consciousness.” Participants included Ned Block, Silver Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Neural Science at New York University; and Jacqueline Gottlieb, an associate professor of neuroscience at Columbia University.
Those speakers made presentations about the philosophy and science of consciousness, respectively, then sat down for a conversation with Massimo Pigliucci, chair of the Department of Philosophy at CUNY-Lehman College and editor in chief for the journal Philosophy and Theory in Biology.