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Number of scientists are now busily rummaging around in the brain trying to explain how the trick of consciousness is done Researchers of the stature of Francis Crick Daniel Dennett Gerald Edelman and Roger Penrose have recently come forward with a range of ingenious theories All purport to explain in one way or another consciousness as an epiphenomenon of physical and chemical processes taking place in the brain and all fail utterly They fail not because their models are insufficiently accurate or detailed but because they are trying to do what is from the outset impossible The truth is that no account of what goes on at the mechanistic level of the brain can shed any light whatsoever on why consciousness exists No theory can explain why the brain shouldn't work exactly as •it does yet without giving rise to the feeling we all have of what it is like to be And there is I believe a very simple reason for this The brain does not produce consciousness at all any than a television set creates the programs that appear on its screen On the contrary the brain filters and restricts consciousness just as our senses limit the totality of experience to which we might otherwise have access Deathgame (Hardy Boys: Casefiles, yet without giving rise to the feeling we all have of what it is like to be And there is I believe a very simple reason for this The brain does not produce consciousness at all any than a television set creates the programs that appear on its screen On the contrary the brain filters and restricts consciousness just as our senses limit the totality of experience to which we might otherwise have access

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Featured Articles Project Open Book ReBurying the Past Whose Ideas are They Anyway Battelle’s Best Guesses Exclusive Interview Whitfield Diffie Cover Art Braldt Bralds Is death the end or a new beginning Can we even make progress toward finding an answer My belief is that we can but only if we are prepared to challenge two basic facts about the world which have long been held in the West to be incontrovertible The first of these is that the self is real As Descartes put it I think therefore I am But what if Descartes were wrong Increasingly neurologists are coming to the conclusion that there is no Cartesian o b server in the brain no central overseer that can be identified with you or I Instead what we imagine and feel to be the self stems from activity spread all over the cortex Further evidence for this is that damage to part of the brain through accident or disease often results in a permanent change to the person we once believed ourselves to be It is a difficult pill to swallow But swallow it we must if we are to grow in our understanding of the significance of death Self is no than an illusion conjured up initially as a survival ploy during our species' evolution and rece The 7th Pan Book of Horror Stories (No. 7) you or I Instead what we imagine and feel to be the self stems from activity spread all over the cortex Further evidence for this is that damage to part of the brain through accident or disease often results in a permanent change to the person we once believed ourselves to be It is a difficult pill to swallow But swallow it we must if we are to grow in our understanding of the significance of death Self is no than an illusion conjured up initially as a survival ploy during our species' evolution and rece

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Ntly brought into sharper relief by the way we are raised in our materialistic culture and society To begin to change our attitude toward death and to better appreciate our relationship to the universe we need to stop hankering for what can never be realized our personal immortality When the brain dies so too does the self along with our personality and memories It is no coincidence that all major religions Eastern and Western stress the overarching importance of acting selflessly during life They like contemporary brain science recognize that the self is ephemeral and insubstantial that there is no personal soul no hope of the individual as such continuing in some cozy afterlife Yet all is not lost I mentioned that there were two facts that we need to challenge if we are to progress in our understanding of the mystery of death and the afterlife The second fact that is taken for granted in our culture is the assumption that consciousness is produced by the brain According to mainstream opinion matter over billions of years organized itself into and ornate forms until eventually it achieved sufficient complexity to give rise to consciousness Working under this assumption a growing Daniel (Council Enforcers, years organized itself into and ornate forms until eventually it achieved sufficient complexity to give rise to consciousness Working under this assumption a growing