Unraveling the Mind: The Mystery of Consciousness

Panel Discussion November 17, 2022

Few words in our language appear to cover such a broad and flexible swath of ideas as “the mind.” But what, actually, is the human mind? How does it relate to and differ from its seemingly inseparable companion, the brain? Where does the mind begin or emerge from? Is it merely a by-product of neural activities within the brain, or does it connect with deeper and more fundamental features of physical reality that possibly span across nature beyond the realm of living forms? Is there such a thing as the proper locus of the mind? How independent is the mind from its biological foundations? It is generally believed that what distinguishes the human mind is precisely its capacity to ask and probe these very questions. But is it actually equipped to answer them? How far does the scope of the mind extend? And what role does reflection and conscious thought play in its operation?

Philosopher of mind Ned Block, philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, and philosopher Philip Goff dissect the connections between the human mind, brain, and consciousness.


  • Steve Paulson Journalist and Executive Producer, TTBOOK
  • Ned Block Professor of Psychology and Philosophy, NYU
  • Rebecca Newberger Goldstein Professor of Philosophy, New College of the Humanities
  • Philip Goff Professor of Philosophy, Durham University


  • Thursday, November 17, 2022
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • The New York Academy of Medicine
    1216 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029

About This Series

This event is part of the three-part series The Enduring Enigma of the Mind, which brings together leading scientists and thinkers from an array of disciplines to help ponder and unravel the complexities of the human mind, from its origins and functions to its cultivation and development, with a view toward ultimately acquiring greater insight into ourselves and the nature of our existence.



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