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How Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano uncovers the magic of the human consciousness

The celebrated scientist talks attention, awareness, and the reception to his work

By Jamie Milton Freestone  

I think therefore I am, said René Descartes in his 1637 Discourse on Method. What could be more foundational to our basic worldview? Although our senses are fallible, there’s an unshakable I at the centre of it that witnesses what the senses report, fallible or otherwise.

When neuroscientists have previously studied consciousness, they’ve typically assumed this preexisting, conscious, self-aware I as a starting point, and accepted that the…

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