Neuroscience: An Introduction to The Science of the Brain.


My fascination with neuroscience (the science of the working of the brain) stemmed from two key, fundamental questions about what it means to be human; in fact, I never cease to be amazed as to why these two questions do not appear to be of much interest to the majority of individuals, at least in the UK.

1) The first concerns THE QUESTION OF FREE WILL which is, essentially, this:

If we are, essentially, our brains (ie it is just the brain that produces the experience of self, decision making, emotions etc) and given that the brain is a PURELY PHYSICAL ENTITY, subject, like all physical objects, to the LAWS OF PHYSICS, can we, in any true and meaningful sense, be said to possess free will? Or is everything we are, do and feel determined by the aforementioned laws of physics. If not, by what mechanism are our brains exempt from these laws?

You may be surprised to hear, as this, to most people, sounds utterly COUNTER-INTUITIVE, that the majority of neuroscientists believe that, in fact, the sense we have of free-will is simply an illusion and that there is no central, controlling entity we call self – no ‘ghost-in-the-machine’.

2) WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS? This question is, of course, inextricably linked with the question of free will. It runs like this:

Most of us are agreed that the brain is ‘just’ a lump of physical matter (albeit the most complex entity so far discovered in the universe). But somehow, (and neuoroscientists are not at all close to solving this ultimate riddle) this lump of physical matter gives rise to CONSCIOUS EXPERIENCE, including, for example, seeing the colour red, appreciating a Beethoven symphony, or falling in love. We know why these abilities arose (from an evolutionary perspective), but, in truth, have virtually no idea how the consciousness we use to perform them, in itself, came into existence.

Whether neuroscience will ever solve these questions is not known; it is possible human intelligence has not, and never will, evolve sufficiently
to answer them; the answer may involve concepts we can’t even imagine.

Maybe the answer will come someday, but don’t hold your breath.

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Best wishes, David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).

About David Hosier MSc

Holder of MSc and post graduate teaching diploma in psychology. Highly experienced in education. Founder of Survivor of severe childhood trauma.

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