The Annual Debate

The Science and Philosophy of Self-Consciousness

November 16 2022, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, London


How can flesh and blood brains give rise to pains and pleasures, dreams and desires, sights and sounds? Some believe this ‘hard problem’ of consciousness can never be solved. Can we expect any breakthroughs as the science of the mind progresses?


The Royal Institute of Philosophy’s Annual Debate considers whether the problem of consciousness really is intractable. Our illustrious panel is neuroscientist Anil Seth, and philosophers Louise Anthony, Maja Spener and Philip Goff, with the BBC’s Ritual Shah chairing.


This event will be held at LSE's New Academic Building on November 16, 18:30. Tickets are free but required.


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