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Roger Highfield discusses consciousness, brain scanning and permanent vegetative state.

Mosaic celebrates its second year anniversary in March. To mark this, we're sharing a series of 15min talks featuring Mosaic writers and stories produced in association with the inspiration and ideas series 5x15.

In the first, Roger Highfield. You can find his story The Mind Readers on Mosaic and its podcast.

Roger Highfield was born in Wales, raised in north London and became the first person to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble. He was the science editor of The Daily Telegraph for two decades and the editor of New Scientist between 2008 and 2011. Today, he is the Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group. Roger Highfield has written seven books, most recently Supercooperators: The Mathematics of Evolution, Altruism and Human Behaviour, and published thousands of articles in newspapers and magazines.

This talk was recorded at London's Conway Hall on 16 March 2016 as part of the 5x15-Mosaic event 'Stories from the future of medicine'.

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