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Laboratory of Dr. Miguel Nicolelis

Vilayanur Ramachandran: A journey to the center of your mind

Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.

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Henry Markram: Supercomputing the brain's secrets

Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved -- soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they're made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain's 100,000,000,000,000 synapses.

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Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other's minds

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions.

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RSA Animate - The Empathic Civilisation

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.

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Consciousness, Qualia, and Self

Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UCSD, discusses consciousness, qualia, and self.

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I think this guy has it right. There are many things I do completely unconsciously more as I have got older. I can drive from one place to another without its infringement on my conscious thoughts. Then there is the next level, I can think in language and in images, both representations of the outside world in my head. Then there is the next level, I can think about me thinking, I can represent myself thinking within myself, i.e. think about thinking. I can even think about thinking about thinking about something or think about thinking about thinking its self. That's about it, and when computers can do that they might be conscious. But since I only assume your conscious because you tell me you are and you seem to be built the same way as me, I guess I probably won't be sure about the computers for a long time!?

Well what did I say watch the next film.

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