We 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.
- 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