How do your billions of tiny brain cells build consciousness as they chatter away with electrical spikes and chemical signals? And why is your laptop, with its sophisticated algorithms and billions of parts, presumably not conscious? Could other large systems like a city become conscious? And what does this have to do with ant hills, blue birds, or your memory of your first kiss? Join Eagleman on a journey into one of the central mysteries of neuroscience: why we have awareness.

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More Information:
Eagleman DM, Beamish J. (2015). The Brain [TV series]. Blink Films; PBS.

The Astonishing Hypothesis. The Scientific Search for the Soul. Francis Crick. Scribner, New York, 1994

Tononi G. Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul. Pantheon; 2012

Eagleman SL, Eagleman DM, Menon V, Meador KJ. A call for comparing theories of consciousness and data sharing. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 2022 Mar 23;45:e47.

Baars BJ. Global workspace theory of consciousness: toward a cognitive neuroscience of human experience. Progress in brain research. 2005 Jan 1;150:45-53.


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