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November 15, 2011 | Andy Saur

“Big Think” Makes us Think: Neuroscience and the 3rd Person

New technology often allows for the construction of new scientific conclusions – just as new scientific findings can build new technology.  In recent years, advances in imaging technologies have begun to allow us to analyze the function of the human brain – not merely from first person self-reporting, but from a third-person description of what areas of the brain “fire” during various types of human perceptions, emotions, and activities.  The field of neuroscience is exploding at many different levels.  A series of articles are underway at the site “Big Think” on “The 21st Century Brain:  A New Series at Big Think.”  The latest piece explores the perplexing irreducibility of human consciousness, how one simply cannot move from third-person descriptions to first-person descriptions of human thought.  Perhaps it will be a series to keep our brains on!

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