Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience – not just any conscious experience, but your own experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. So how does this actually happen?
According to neuroscientist, Anil Seth, we’re all hallucinating all of the time. And when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it ‘reality’. So how can we understand this ‘reality’ of consciousness better?
As with life, so with consciousness, once we start explaining its properties in terms of things happening inside brains and bodies the apparent insolubility of what consciousness is, starts to fade away.
Understanding the biological basis of conscious experience is one of the great challenges for 21st-century science. This fabulously mind-blowing, disorienting talk may leave you questioning the very nature of your existence.
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