Brain Bar: Consciousness

“You are your brain”. While this statement still raised eyebrows just a decade ago, people are coming to terms with the idea that their thoughts, feelings, and behavior, are ultimately rooted in the neural processes within their heads. This insane idea that electrical signals between tiny nerve cells somehow code for all that you are… is almost common knowledge today. But how well do you know your own brain? How does it work? How does neuroscience know all these things and what is yet to be discovered? How do your perceive the world and then interact with it? And what does all this brain science mean for you? Is consciousness nothing more than some electrical activity, and what does that mean for free will? These are some of the questions addressed in the Brain Bar series.

Consciousness

To close the series, we take a step back. Hold on, so we understand a lot about the brain. But I wake up every morning into this brilliant everyday consciousness! Should we just accept that all of that experiential beauty is just down to neurons? What are the questions and answers when it comes to consciousness in the brain? And how about free will?

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