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The science of inner space

Consciousness poses both hard and easy problems. Science can deal with the easy problem of brain function, but subjective experience is still really hard

By Paul Broks   May 2003

Book: CONSCIOUSNESS: A USER’S GUIDE Author: Adam Zeman Price: Yale University Press, ?18.95

St Augustine was perplexed by the nature of time: “If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks me, I do not know.” Anyone who has paused to reflect on the nature of consciousness will know the feeling.

If you favour life over death, enjoy warm summer evenings and the taste of chocolate, recoil from the smell of shit and opt for anaesthesia when having a tooth extracted, then you intuit the meaning of consciousness well…

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