Understanding consciousness, the brain and language can lead us to a better understanding of the role of humans within our universe, and what order and purpose may exist in our lives.
What is Consciousness?
Human consciousness is a puzzling phenomenon, and scientists are still striving to define and understand it. When scientists answer the question “what is consciousness” their answer is often something along the lines of “We are not exactly sure.”
For instance, Simon Blackburn (Cambridge University), when asked to define consciousness responded, “I probably wouldn't try to approach it by definition. I think that is just going to be a can of worms.”
Susan Greenfield, Professor at Oxford, loosely defines consciousness as “the inner subjective state that no one else can hack into.” Another definition of consciousness is an individual's awareness of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, memories and surroundings.
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The Philosophy and Science of ConsciousnessConsciousness is a fascinating subject from both a scientific and philosophical perspective. Questions like "why are humans the only beings on earth that possess an awareness of being aware?" and "how is consciousness tied to free will?" are better answered from a philosophical perspective as they start to leave the realm of what science can answer. The articles and videos below dive into the perplexing and vast realm of questions to answer about consciousness, the human brain, and sophisticated language.
Origins of Human Consciousness
When did consciousness evolve? How has human consciousness changed over time? There are many possible theories that strive to answer these questions. The videos below discuss aspects of these questions.
Consciousness and Language
Of the 10–14 million species currently living on Earth and the estimated 5 billion species now extinct, only human beings possess rationality and sophisticated language. Rationality and language as human characteristics appear to have emerged simultaneously and rapidly, and they seem to signify an ontological discontinuity between humans and other animals.
Videos About Consciousness
Watch to learn more about the human brain and mind, language and consciousness.
How has biological evolution affected our psychology?
Dr. Dan Kuebler discusses some of the potential consequences of our evolutionary history on human behavior.
Dr. Dan Kuebler discusses the relationship between bias, culture, and science.
When it comes to intelligence there is a very clear distinction between what humans can do and what other animals can do.
Dr. Daniel Kuebler discusses the events that occur in the brain leading up to death.
What does it mean to be human? What is the purpose of our lives?
Articles about Consciousness
Read more about the human brain and mind, language and consciousness.