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    Demystifying the Mind

    Consciousness has posed a special challenge to scientists, but new ways of studying the brain may finally yield a deeper understanding. Science News describes the latest thinking on consciousness in this three-part special report. | Read essay and features.Michael Morgenstern

    The human brain is very good at figuring things out, except about itself.

    Think about it. A brain capable...

    02/06/2012 - 16:37 Neuroscience
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    Self as Symbol

    This essay is part of Demystifying the Mind, a special report on the new science of consciousness. The next installments will appear in the February 25 and March 10 issues of Science News.

    When Francis Crick decided to embark on a scientific research career, he chose his specialty by applying the “gossip test.” He’d noticed that he liked to gossip about two especially hot topics in the...

    01/27/2012 - 09:34 Neuroscience
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    Emblems of Awareness

    This article is part of Demystifying the Mind, a special report on the new science of consciousness. The next installments will appear in the February 25 and March 10 issues of Science News.

    Humankind’s sharpest minds have figured out some of nature’s deepest secrets. Why the sun shines. How humans evolved from single-celled life. Why an apple falls to...

    01/27/2012 - 09:32 Neuroscience
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    Consciousness in the Raw

    In October 2004, Swedish neuroscientist Bjorn Merker packed up his video camera and joined five families for a 1-week get-together in Florida that featured several visits to the garden of childhood delights known as Disney World. For Merker, though, the trip wasn't a vacation. With the parents' permission, he came to observe and document the behavior of one child in each family who had been...

    09/11/2007 - 10:45