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Dr Philip Goff: ‘Is Consciousness Everywhere?’ via ZOOM

27 October, 2020.7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Dr Phillip Goff talks about panpsychism and consciousness at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

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Is Consciousness Everywhere?

Tuesday 27th October 2020. 7.30pm until 9.00pm. £5 online via ZOOM.


According to our standard view of things, consciousness exists only in the brains of highly evolved organisms, and hence consciousness exists only in a tiny part of the universe and only in very recent history (cosmically speaking). According to panpsychism, in contrast, consciousness pervades the universe and is a fundamental feature of it. The view sounds a bit strange, but a growing number of philosophers and neuroscientists are starting to think it might be our best hope for integrating consciousness into our scientific story of the universe. In his book Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness, Dr Philip Goff explains why consciousness poses such a challenge for contemporary science and why panpsychism might be the answer. In this talk, he will outline the main argument of the book.
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About the Speaker

Dr Philip Goff talks about panpsychism and consciousness at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

Dr Philip Goff

Philosopher and consciousness researcher at Durham University

Philip Goff is a leading philosopher and consciousness researcher at Durham University. His work is focused on how to integrate consciousness into our scientific worldview, and he defends panpsychism on the grounds that it avoids the difficulties faced by the more traditional options of physicalism and dualism. He has published an academic book on this topic – Consciousness and Fundamental Reality (Oxford University Press) – as well as a book aimed at a general audience – Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness (Rider in UK, Pantheon in US). Goff has published over 40 articles in academic journals, and also writes for newspapers and magazines, such as The Guardian, Aeon, the New Statesman, the Times Literary Supplement and Philosophy Now.
Website: www.philipgoffphilosophy.com
Blog on philosophy and politics: www.conscienceandconsciousness.com

Twitter: @philip_goff

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27 October, 2020
7:30 pm-9:00 pm
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The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
25 Palmerston Place
Edinburgh, EH12 5AP United Kingdom


The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
0131 625 0700


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