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SXSW 2018

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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  1. Why is there still no consensus among neuroscientists and psychologists about even the basic mechanisms of thought and consciousness?
  2. What questions will the brain sciences have to answer in order to become mature sciences, with widely agreed-upon, generalizable theories of the mind?
  3. What obstacles still stand between modern brain science and a unified, theoretically mature future?


  • Rafi Letzter, Science Reporter, Inverse


Rafi Letzter, Science Reporter, Inverse

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Level: Beginner
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