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What is Consciousness? A Warm-Up to the Holberg 2023 Debate

The 2 December Holberg Debate will explore whether or not cosciousness extends beyond brains. As a warm-up to the debate, three researchers from the University of Bergen will discuss how consiousness should be understood.

Illustration. "The Thinker" by Rodin with AI generated backdrop.
Illustration: AI Generated / The Holber Prize. (Original photo of "The Thinker" by Rodin from Wikimedia Commons. Credits: CrisNYCa, CC BY-SA 4.0)
Illustration: AI generated image. (Original photo of "The Thinker" by Rodin from Wikimedia Commons: CrisNYCa, CC BY-SA 4.0).

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Consciousness is a mystery that matters to all of us, in every moment of our lives. Discussions of consciousness go back thousands of years, and have gained a new urgency in current times. At this year's Holberg Debate: "Does Consciousness Extend Beyond Brains?", Tanya Luhrmann, Anil Seth and Rupert Sheldrake will take on the deep scientific and philosophical mystery of consciousness.

As a warm-up to the debate three UiB researchers are invited to share and discuss different perspectives on the concept of consciusness at this breakfast meeting on 27 November.

The event will be conducted in Norwegian.


Kenneth Jan Hugdahl is professor emeritus at the Faculty of Psychology, Department of Biological and Medical Psychology.

Mette Kristine Hansen is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities,Department of Philosophy.

Henrik Berg (moderator) is professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities and at the Faculty of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology.