Consciousness Emerges

Consciousness Emerges

Somewhere along a tangled path, sights, sounds and insights pop into awareness

By Laura Sanders, 10:19 AM February 9, 2012

Demystifying the Mind
This feature is the second installment in a three-part series on the scientific struggle to explain consciousness. To read the previous installment and see what’s in the next issue, click here.

In one of science’s most iconic moments, Isaac Newton’s eye caught the red glint of an apple as it plunged toward the ground. He heard the leaves rustle in the light breeze and felt the warmth of the tea he was drinking at the time.

These sensory inputs streamed into his brai...

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