“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!