A Sexy New Theory of Consciousness Gets All Up in Your Feelings
Neuroscience is bad at explaining what it’s like to be alive. Mark Solms thinks he can change that—with help from Freud, of all people.
NEUROSCIENCE SHOULD BE the sexiest of the sciences. To study it is to study the very stuff that makes stuff studiable in the first place. Then you look at an fMRI scan and realize it’s all, actually, amazingly boring. This bit lights up when that thing happens—so what? A functional map of the brain tells us almost nothing about what it feels like to be alive. Even certain neuroscientists have an axon to grind with this “objective,” “cognitivist” way of thinking. One is Mark Solms, and in his new book, The Hidden Spring, he doesn’t just talk about anatomy and electrochemistry—though there is some of that. He also puts forth an entire new theory of consciousness, sexed up with input from the original sexpert himself, Sigmund Freud.
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