Björn Brembs/ Chris Frith/ Eva Jablonka/ David Papineau

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Other than humans, which animal species are conscious? When did consciousness first evolve, and what is its function? What brain structures are required for consciousness? Recent developments in the neuroscience and evolutionary biology of consciousness promise to shed new light on these tantalising puzzles. In this panel discussion, we consider what we know, what we don’t know, and what we may never know about the origins of consciousness.

Björn Brembs, Professor of Neurogenetics, University of Regensburg
Chris Frith, Professor Emeritus, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL; Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, University of London
Eva Jablonka, Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Philosophy of Biology, Tel-Aviv University
David Papineau, ​Professor of Philosophy, KCL; Professor of Philosophy, City University of New York Graduate Center

Jonathan Birch, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method (LSE) and Fellow, Forum for European Philosophy

In association with the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, LSE

Recorded on 7 June 2017 at the LSE