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Will the Mind Figure Out How the Brain Works?

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  • Ian Pitchford
    TIME MAGAZINE Will the Mind Figure Out How the Brain Works? Understanding how neurons operate is one thing; understanding how they make us the conscious beings
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 5, 2000
      TIME MAGAZINE
      Will the Mind Figure Out How the Brain Works?
      Understanding how neurons operate is one thing; understanding how they make
      us the conscious beings we are is another matter
      By STEVEN PINKER

      Imagine this scene from the future. You are staring at a screen flickering
      with snow. Scientists have hidden one of two patterns in the dots, and
      eventually you spot one. But you don't have to tell the scientists what you
      are seeing; they already know. They are looking at the electrical signals
      from one of the billions of cells in your brain. When the cell fires, you see
      one pattern; when it stops, you see another‹your awareness can be read from a
      single neuron. Now, in an even more unsettling trick, they send an electrical
      current to the neurons in that part of your brain and, with a push of a
      button, make you see one pattern or the other.

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      http://www.time.com/time/reports/v21/science/brain.html
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