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The Puzzle Of Conscious Experience

We are at last plumbing one of the most profound mysteries of existence. but knowledge of the brain alone may not get to the bottom of it

CONSCIOUSNESS, the subjective experience of an inner self, poses one of the greatest challenges to neuroscience. Even a detailed knowledge of the brain’s workings and the neural correlates of consciousness may fail to explain how or why human beings have self-aware minds. 90 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Updated from the December 1995 issue WE ARE AT LAST PLUMBING ONE OF THE MOST PROFOUND MYSTERIES OF EXISTENCE. BUT KNOWLEDGE OF THE BRAIN ALONE MAY NOT GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT BY DAVID J. CHALMERS puzzle the of conscious experience COPYRIGHT 2002 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, INC.