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

Mind and Brain

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?

 
David Chalmers on the Hard Problem of Consciousness

Philosopher David Chalmers is famous for outlining the "hard problem of consciousness." He says the materialist framework of science will never be able to explain subjective experience.

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David Eagleman on Brain's Secret Life

Neuroscientist David Eagleman says most of the brain's real action happens below the level of the conscious mind. He calls the brain "a team of rivals," since different parts of the brain compete against each other.

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Steve Paulson on Why Consciousness

How does something as wet and gooshy as the brain produce consciousness, which is immaterial? Steve Paulson reports on the debate among scientists and philosophers.

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Sy Montgomery on Octopus Mind

No creature is more mysterious and amazing than the octopus. Science writer Sy Montgomery talks about her close encounter with octopus consciousness.

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Alva Noe on Embodied Consciousness

Philosopher Alva Noe says it's a mistake to regard consciousness as strictly a product of our brain. He says consciousness is something we do.

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Vijay Iyer on Music & Science

Celebrated jazz pianist Vijay Iyer has a Ph.D. in music cognition and the rare ability to describe the interplay between music and the brain. We talk with Vijay and listen to his music.

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WITH SUPPORT FROM

The Nour Foundation: Exploring Meaning & Commonality in Human Experience
Promega Corporation
Meet Your Mind: A User's Guide to the Science of Consciousness
Mind and Brain
November 4, 2012
 
Memory and Forgetting
November 11, 2012
 
Wiring the Brain
November 18, 2012
 
The Creative Brain
November 25, 2012
 
Extraordinary Minds
December 2, 2012
 
Higher Consciousness
December 9, 2012

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