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Meet Your Mind:
A Users Guide to the Science of Consciousness

Your thoughts and feelings, your joy and sorrow…it's all part of your identity, of your consciousness. But what exactly is consciousness? It may be the biggest mystery left in science.

In this six-hour series, you'll hear interviews with the world's leading experts—neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, philosophers, writers and artists. You'll be taken inside the brains of Buddhist monks, and across the ocean to visit France's ancient cave paintings. You'll find out how to build a memory palace, and meet one of the first scientists to study the effects of LSD.

How do our brains work? Are animals conscious? Will we ever crack the mystery of how the physical "stuff" of our brains produces mental experiences? What does science tell us about the most personal question of all: Who am I?

 

Mind and Brain

November 4, 2012

Neuroscientists have made remarkable discoveries about the brain, but so far, no one's come close to cracking the biggest mystery of all—the connection between the brain and the mind: how a tangle of neurons inside your skull produces…you?

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Memory and Forgetting

November 11, 2012

Do you think your memory is a record of what actually happened? Chances are, it's not. New scientific findings show that with every act of remembering, our brains produce new neural circuits…creating new memories.

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Wiring the Brain

November 18, 2012

Scientists are trying to develop a detailed map of the human brain. For some scientists, the goal isn't just to map the brain; it's to crack the mystery of consciousness.

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The Creative Brain

November 25, 2012

Creativity is a little like obscenity: You know it when you see it, but you can't exactly define it…unless you're a neuroscientist. In labs around the country, a new generation of scientists tackles the mystery of human creativity.

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Extraordinary Minds

December 2, 2012

Certain brain disorders can lead to remarkable insights…even genius. Peer into the world of autistic savants and dyslexics, and contemplate our cyborg future, when our brains merge with tiny, embedded computers.

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Higher Consciousness

December 9, 2012

Suppose neuroscientists map the billions of neural circuits in the human brain…are we any closer to cracking the great existential mysteries—like meaning, purpose or happiness? Scientists and spiritual thinkers are now working together to create a new science of mindfulness.

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