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Anil Ananthaswamy on The Man Who Wasn’t There

anil ananthaswamyWe tackle what is possible the most fundamental questionL Who am I? What is the thing that’s thinking these questions, the self? Is there a “me” that’s something more than the cumulative mechanics of millions of neurons networked together? Is that idea of “me-ness” just an illusion? And if so – who the hell is asking those questions? Those questions have popped up in philosophy for millenia, but the world of neuroscience is starting to open new ways of exploring them — so we’ll take a look at what we’ve learned about who we are, from how we break.

Guests:

  • Anil Ananthaswamy, former deputy news editor at New Scientist, currently a guest editor in the science writing program at UC Santa Cruz, and now author of The Man Who Wasn’t There: Investigations into the strange new science of the self

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