Peering into the Black Box of the Brain
Forget what you've heard. No one knows how the mind works. Inverse reporter Rafi Letzter moderates a discussion about the role of mystery in brain science — how studying the mind is less like doing physics or chemistry than poking around in a black box, where the basic laws are still unknown. Panelists drawn from neuroscience and psychology will discuss why the science of the brain remains in its pre-Newtonian age, and what it will take to make "apple falling from the tree"-level advances.
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- Why is there still no consensus among neuroscientists and psychologists about even the basic mechanisms of thought and consciousness?
- What questions will the brain sciences have to answer in order to become mature sciences, with widely agreed-upon, generalizable theories of the mind?
- What obstacles still stand between modern brain science and a unified, theoretically mature future?
- Rafi Letzter, Science Reporter, Inverse
Rafi Letzter, Science Reporter, Inverse