Meet Your Mind

Meet Your MindYour thoughts and feelings, your joy and sorrow....it’s all part of your identity, of your consciousness. But what exactly is consciousness? It may be the biggest mystery left in science. And for a radio show that loves 'Big Ideas,' we had to take up the question.  

In our six-hour series, you’ll hear interviews with the world’s leading experts - neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, philosophers, writers and artists. We’ll take you inside the brains of Buddhist monks, and across the ocean to visit France’s ancient cave paintings. We’ll tell you how to build a memory palace, and you’ll meet one of the first scientists to study the effects of LSD.
 
How do our brains work?  Are animals conscious? What about computers?  Will we ever crack the mystery of how the physical “stuff” of our brains produces mental experiences?

What does science tell us about the most personal question of all:

Who am I?

Brain

Mind and Brain

Neuroscientists have made remarkable discoveries about the brain, but we're not close to cracking the mystery of consciousness.  How does a tangle of neurons inside your skull produce...you?

Thoughts

Memory and Forgetting

We explore the new science of memory and forgetting, how to build a memory palace, and how to erase a thought.

 

The Bat

Wiring the Brain

Scientists are trying to develop a detailed map of the human brain.  For some scientists, the goal isn't just to map the brain; it's to crack the mystery of consciousness.

 

Parrot

The Creative Brain

Creativity is a little like obscenity:  You know it when you see it, but you can't exactly define it....unless you're a neuroscientist.  In labs around the country, a new generation of scientists tackles the mystery of human creativity.

Dolphin

Extraordinary Minds

Certain brain disorders can lead to remarkable insights....even genius.  We'll peer into the world of autistic savants and dyslexics, and contemplate our cyborg future, when our brains merge with tiny, embedded computers.

Consciousness

Higher Consciousness

Suppose neuroscientists map the billions of neural circuits in the human brain....are we any closer to cracking the great existential mysteries - like meaning, purpose or happiness?  Scientists and spiritual thinkers are now working together to create a new science of mindfulness.