What is Consciousness? (BS 160)

In this month’s episode of Brain Science (BS 160) we take a deep dive into the neuroscience of consciousness. Until recently, consciousness was considered outside the realm of science, but now it is a growing field of interest. I review several recent books with a cross-section of viewpoints, but there are several concepts that they all share:

  • Consciousness requires a brain

  • Consciousness is a product of evolution

  • Consciousness is embodied

Key questions that I covered for each author:

  • What is consciousness?

  • Are other animals conscious?

  • What is the role of emotions?

  • Could AI become conscious?

  • What about the so-called hard problem of consciousness?

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