Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Big Think Goes Mental

António Damásio, Portuguese neuroscientist.Image via Wikipedia
Dr Damasio
In an effort to showcase all that cutting-edge science has discovered about the brain—and all that continues to confound—Big Think is proud to present The Month of Going Mental. Throughout September, we will travel inside our heads, presenting a different feature on the brain each weekday in our new blog called Going Mental. Every idea in the series will be supported by contributions from leading experts, including neuroscience giants like Jospeh LeDoux, Oliver Sacks, and Stephen Pinker, and every week of series will focus on a new topic within the expansive field of neuroscience—from the brain's biggest mysteries, to the most up-to-date research on the five most fundamental functions of the brain: emotion, memory, decision-making, attention, and language.

The first thought will be a question:  What is Consciousness? and will feature Dr. Antonio Damasio, a neuroscientist from the University of Southern California who has studied the neurological basis of consciousness.  Dr. Damasio says that being conscious is a "special quality of mind" that permits us to know both that we exist and that the things around us exist.

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