|S11 APING MANKIND at Town Hall Unreserved |
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 18:00
£8 (£7), Members - 10% off
"Raymond Tallis questions the claim that a combination of neuroscience and evolutionary theory is sufficient to explain human consciousness, behaviour, culture and society. Join him to hear his argument that we humans are infinitely more interesting and complex than we appear to be when we are represented as essentially biological organisms. By minimizing the difference between ourselves and our nearest primate kin, are we in fact misrepresenting and even degrading humanity?"
What is it about human consciousness that needs to be explicated beyond the dictionary definition and beyond what I have provided at http://thevoiceofreason-ann.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-answer-to-what-is-consciousness-and.html?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consciousness has a number of silly questions we could ask to which there will be no real answer, viz:
- Is consciousness a valid concept or a conceptual error?
- Is it a single unified entity or a collection of distinct entities?
- How does it relate to language?
- Can it be explained in terms of the laws of physics?
- Why are we convinced that other people (or even we ourselves) possess consciousness?
- Why do we believe that some animals possess consciousness, and is there any way to test this belief?
- What is the nature of experience, and particularly what is the nature of sensory qualities such as the color red?