Formation of the Mind and the Emergence of Consciousness
The quest for the emergence of consciousness is fundamental. However, consciousness has been regarded as “airy-fairy” to speak about at conferences and seminars in neuroscience and clinical medicine.
But to talk about the brain without discussing the mind is like dealing with the gastrointestinal canal without mentioning digestion, as pointed out by the philosopher John Searle. Since the beginning of this century, consciousness has been a hot topic in neurobiology partially due to the more sophisticated brain imaging techniques.