February 21st, 2009

the evolution of consciousness

These days, some Darwin skeptics are focusing on the human brain. They say a higher power must be involved; otherwise, how could a bunch of cells produce such complicated mental processes as consciousness or subjective experiences? How could something like free will be the result of evolution?

While Darwin skeptics have homed in on this mind-brain problem, most brain scientists say there’s plenty of evidence that mental actions such as consciousness have evolved along with the brain.

More via NPR

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