Stanford neuroscientist Bill Newsome wants to implant an electrode in his brain to better understand human consciousness. Scientists are learning volumes about the brain — how it can make split-second decisions, how it learns from past mistakes, how it converts pulses of light into a complex visual scene. But, for some, deciphering the “language” of the electrical pulses that travel through our brains is only half the story. The second part, and one that is far more philosophical and complex, is how that brain activity translates into consciousness — a person’s self-awareness and perception of the world around them.
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