Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Title: “On the Origins and Distribution of Consciousness.”
Abstract: I’ll look at how subjective experience, in both simple and more complex forms, might have evolved. The talk will take the form of a quick tour of the tree of life and the evolution of animals, and I’ll then look at a few proposals for making sense of the origin of experience and consciousness.
Bio: Peter Godfrey-Smith grew up in Sydney, Australia and studied at the University of Sydney and UC San Diego. He taught at Stanford, the Australian National University, and Harvard before moving to the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is currently Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. His main research interests are in the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind. He has written four books, including Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection, which won the 2010 Lakatos Award, and Philosophy of Biology, just released with Princeton.