We are delighted to announce the next in our series of Brains Blog Roundtables. The topic of this discussion is animal consciousness!
Please join Dan Burnston and our fantastic panelists, Liz Irvine (Cardiff), Rachael Brown (ANU), and Jonathan Birch (LSE) for a great discussion about how to investigate, measure, and theorize about animal consciousness, as well as the upshot of these debates for ethics and policy.
Please see below for links to material cited in the video. Previous roundtables can be viewed at philosophyofbrains.com/category/roundtables.
Rachael Brown, Philosophy Department, Australia National University
The Evolved Mind, forthcoming, Cambridge University Press.
Jonathan Birch, Philosophy Department, London School of Economics
The search for invertebrate consciousness. Nous.
The Evolution of Social Behavior.
Birch, J., Burn, C., Schnell, A., Browning, H., & Crump, A. 2021. Review of the evidence of sentience in cephalopod molluscs and decapod crustaceans. LSE Consulting. https://www.lse.ac.uk/News/News-Assets/PDFs/2021/Sentience-in-Cephalopod-Molluscs-and-Decapod-Crustaceans-Final-Report-November-2021.pdf.
Liz Irvine, Philosophy Department, Cardiff University
Consciousness as a Scientific Concept: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-94-007-5173-6
Andy Clark and His Critics. https://academic.oup.com/book/34918
Other works cited:
Nieder, A., Wagener, L., & Rinnert, P. (2020). A neural correlate of sensory consciousness in a corvid bird. Science, 369(6511), 1626-1629. https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.abb1447
Peter Godfrey-Smith. Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness. Macmillan. https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374537197/otherminds
Simona Ginsburg and Eva Jablonka. (2019). The Evolution of the Sensitive Soul: Learning and the Origins of Consciousness. MIT Press.
Other scholars referenced:
Barron, A., & Klein, C. (2016). What insects can tell us about the origins of consciousness. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A, 113(18), 4900-4908. doi:10.1073/pnas.1520084113
Jennifer A. Mather. https://directory.uleth.ca/users/mather
Elizabeth Schechter: https://www.elizabethschechter.info/
Victor Lamme: https://www.victorlamme.com/