[FR] The third edition of the cycle “Debates at the heart of science” focuses on the question of origins. This round table brings together scientists and a philosopher whose work focuses on the origins of consciousness.

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Consciousness fluctuates when the individual sleeps, alters if one goes through a phase of confusion, and extinguishes when life leaves the body. It is both knowledge of temporality and the extent of matter but also knowledge of the interior world of thought. Consciousness, since it is what we are talking about, remains the subject of an old and sustained debate between scientists and philosophers who, questioning both its nature and its functions, dig into the question of its origin and location.

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