My Neurons, My Self

With ever more refined techniques for measuring complex brain activity, scientists are challenging the understanding of thought, memory and emotion–what we have traditionally called “the self.” How do electrical and chemical currents translate to self-awareness? And why does the brain produce consciousness at all? Join a discussion among eminent neuroscientists, philosophers and psychologists who are redefining what it means to be human.

This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

Original Program Date: June 5, 2016
MODERATOR: Bill Blakemore
PARTICIPANTS: Martha Farah, Joy Hirsch, Jesse Prinz, Daphna Shohamy

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Bill Blakemore’s Introduction 00:00

Where Do You Locate Your Sense Of Self 4:30

Participant Introductions 8:20

Is there a Neurobiology of collective consciousness? 12:22

What happens when two brains are in a dialog with each other 17:00

How do brains differ from texting vs. face to face 21:38

What is TBJ? 25:40

What is the difference between awareness and attention? 26:09

How does memory define “self” 32:48

We make decisions NOT base on our experiences but based on our memories 41:15

When memories go does self go as well? 47:29

How human taste dictates our social groups 56:23

How actively we interrogate and seek information from others 1:02:26

What is Neuroskepticism? 1:09:35

Can we make determinations that consciousness is connected to the physical? 1:14:35

If we made a human clone would it have the same mind? 1:23:40

What does neuroscience have to say about freewill? 1:26:50

What parts of the brain are active while experiencing morality? 1:31:18

What is the connection between PTSD and the experience of memory? Can your brain be rewired? 1:34:14
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