In this month’s episode of Brian Science (BS 160) we take a deep dive into the neuroscience of conscious. Until recently, consciousness was considered outside the realm of science, but now it is a growing field of interest. I review several recent books with a cross-section of viewpoints, but there are several concepts that they all share:
Consciousness requires a brain
Consciousness is a product of evolution
Consciousness is embodied
Key questions that I covered for each author:
What is consciousness?
Are other animals conscious?
What is the role of emotions?
Could AI become conscious?
What about the so-called hard problem of consciousness?
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Books featured in BS 160 (listed in the order cited):
Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts by Stanislas Dehaene (2014)
The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll (2016)
The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures by Antonio Damasio (2018)
From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel C. Dennett (2017)
Consciousness Demystified by Todd E. Feinberg, MD and Jon M. Mallatt, PhD
Additional Episodes Mentioned:
Discussion of Self Comes To Mind by Antonio Damasio (BSP 90)
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