The Thinking Ape: The Enigma of Human Consciousness

Panel Discussion October 10, 2012

What is the origin and nature of consciousness? If consciousness is common to humans and animals alike, what are the defining traits of human consciousness?

Nobel laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman, philosopher David Chalmers, expert in primate cognition Laurie Santos, and physician-scientist Nicholas Schiff will discuss what it means to be “conscious” and examine the human capacities displayed in cognitive, aesthetic, and ethical behaviors, with a focus on the place and function of the mind within nature.

Panel

  • Steve Paulson Journalist and Executive Producer, TTBOOK
  • David Chalmers Professor of Philosophy, New York University
  • Daniel Kahneman Nobel Laureate & Professor of Psychology, Princeton University
  • Laurie Santos Associate Professor of Psychology, Yale University
  • Nicholas D. Schiff Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College

Details

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
    7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor

Annals

In this volume, a diverse array of experts reflect on the nature and function of consciousness in relation to behavior, ethics, creativity, music, and mindfulness

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About This Series

This event is part of The Emerging Science of Consciousness Series, which brings together leading experts from various fields to discuss how the latest research is challenging our understanding of the very nature and function of consciousness in our daily lives.

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Highlights

  • David Chalmers on Consciousness as the Biggest Challenge for Science Oct 10, 2012 02:06 4341
  • Can Neuroscience & Psychology Explain Consciousness? David Chalmers & Daniel Kahneman Oct 10, 2012 01:49 4739
  • Human vs. Animal Consciousness Oct 10, 2012 01:41 7105
  • Can Science Explain all Aspects of Consciousness? Oct 10, 2012 07:30 1530
  • Why is Understanding Consciousness Ethically Important? Oct 10, 2012 03:19 715
  • Will Mapping the Neural Circuitry of the Brain Explain Consciousness? Oct 10, 2012 04:15 924
  • Who are Some of the Best Writers on Consciousness? Oct 10, 2012 04:00 457
  • Animals, Robots & the Problem of Other Minds Oct 10, 2012 03:24 2886
  • The Problem of Minimally Conscious States Oct 10, 2012 05:32 9210
  • Is a Brain Needed for Consciousness? Oct 10, 2012 02:51 2190
  • Could a Computer Ever Have Consciousness? Oct 10, 2012 03:11 3022
  • What's the Function of Consciousness? Oct 10, 2012 01:02 1370
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