Antonio Damasio and Siri Hustvedt In Conversation

The author and neuroscientist engage in a dialogue about how we know, what we feel, and how we understand ourselves. 

What is consciousness, and how does it emerge from the flesh of the brain? For generations, this domain of thought was reserved for philosophers. Today neuroscientists also grapple with this question, drawing on experimental findings as well as ideas from history, literature, and philosophy. With that in mind, we brought together neuroscientist and neurologist Antonio Damasio and novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt for a conversation about consciousness, memory, free will, and that peculiar, f...

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