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Lecture 7. Consciousness and free will in animals

In this lecture on animal consciousness, I will discuss a little of the philosophical history of consciousness and also attempt to construct a definition and hypothesis for consciousness that is grounded in our current understanding of the neurobiology of goal-directed behaviour

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Essential readings
Hills, Thomas T. "Animal Foraging and the Evolution of Goal‐Directed Cognition." Cognitive Science 30.1 (2006): 3-41. [available here]

Dennett, Daniel C. "Animal consciousness: What matters and why." Social Research (1995): 691-710 [availalbe here]