NEUROSCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY MUST WORK TOGETHER. (comentado)

Theories of consciousness are challenged by recent research into the impact of brain function on the sense of self

The brain is made up of a series of interlocking systems. Photograph; Sebastian Kaulitzki, Alamy

Human beings are part of nature. They are made of flesh and blood, brain and bone; but for much of the time they are also conscious. The puzzling thing is how the intricate sequences of nerve cells and tissue that make up a person’s brain and body can generate the special subjective feel of conscious experience.

Consciousness creates, in each of us, an inner life where we think and feel; a realm where we experience the sights, sounds, feels, tastes and smells that inform us of the world around us.

To many philosophers the central problem of consciousness is, how can the facts of conscious mental life be part of the world of facts described by…

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