[extropy-chat] Crick on consciousness
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Wed Apr 14 06:17:33 UTC 2004
>From the New York Times, Francis Crick on the mind-body problem and the
thorny subject of the human self: Where is the line between mind and matter?
he asked. Aside from the neurons in our brains, the human body contains tens
of millions of neurons in the enteric nervous system, which extends into the
stomach and intestines. "When you digest your lunch is that you?" Dr. Crick
asked. Body and mind are the twin problems around which Dr. Crick's life has
spiraled, much like the double helix structure of DNA that he and Dr. James
D. Watson are famous for discovering half a century ago.
Dr. Crick has been a tireless champion of the brain. In a 1979 editorial in
Scientific American, he argued that the time had come for science to take on
the previously forbidden subject of consciousness. In his 1994 book "The
Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul," he went
further. "You," he wrote, "your joys and your sorrows, your memories and
your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact
no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their
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