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Being Conscious:

The science and philosophy of consciousness

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Steve Fuller, Iain McGilchrist, Roger Penrose. Hilary Lawson hosts.

No mystery has puzzled scientists and philosophers more deeply than the problem of how the brain transcends its physical origins. What is consciousness and how is it possible? Can we ever understand the workings of our own minds?

The Panel

Mathematician and author of The Emperor's New Mind Sir Roger Penrose, psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist, and controversial postmodern sociologist Steve Fuller ask what it means to be conscious.

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  • The Debate
    Theme One
    Can quantum mechanics explain consciousness?
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    What do we mean by consciousness?
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    Can consciousness be explained?
  • The Debate
    Theme Four
    Can explanations of consciousness be entirely neurological?
  • The Debate
    Theme Five
    Can we build an intelligent machine?
  • The Debate
    Theme Six
    Is there something special about humans?
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Raghavan Srinivas on 26/03/2014 12:01pm

We attempt to define consciousness. Is it self awareness? Is it the source of intelligence? Is it neurological? Do other beings have consciousness? Are the so called inert or inanimate objects have no consciousness in them or is it we are unable to perceive it as it is beyond our present level of capabilities? I feel that we are a product of consciousness. We still have to overcome our perceived limitations to fathom the real vastness of consciousness with its limitless potentialities.

Raghavan Srinivas on 26/03/2014 11:52am

Consciousness is mostly analyzed through embodiment, leaving a possibility unexplored. That is consciousness is not limited by embodiment, it can independently exist, and in fact the process of embodiment itself owes its origin to consciousness! In other words consciousness can transcend limitations of time and matter. It seems to me,that it is yet another misconception to consider consciousness that has been compartmentalized with its physical starting and end point. It permeates the vast expanse of this universal creation and beyond. Only its visible expression we apprehend through our faculties that are again grossly under utilized! That is we have not yet unraveled our limitless capabilities to transcend our own perceived boundaries with respect to our consciousness. We presume that we can not see without our eyes, we can not hear without our ears and so on. When a device like a cell phone is available what we could not do comes within the realm of a possibility. So it is certain that there is a possibility to go beyond. We must strive.

Naeem Naeem on 13/01/2014 1:23pm

I know that I dont know.

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