The Neuroethological Paradox of Animal Consciousness

Trends Neurosci. 2017 Apr;40(4):196-199. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2017.02.001. Epub 2017 Mar 6.


The more advanced our understanding of the brain of an animal is, the less likely that this animal is a conscious being. This provocative logical paradox is explained and analyzed, leading to the conclusion that to advance understanding of animal consciousness it is necessary to resolve first how our consciousness is produced by our brain.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Consciousness / physiology*