A New Story for Humanity an interview with Robert Burton

Robert Burton, M.D. is a neurologist, novelist, and most recently, the author of A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves. A graduate of Yale University and University of California at San Francisco medical school, he was formerly Chief of the Division of Neurology at Mt. Zion-UCSF Hospital and Associate Chief of the Department of Neurosciences. Burton’s work has appeared in Salon and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others, and he frequently is invited to speak about the brain, the mind, neuroscience, and philosophy of science. Previous books include On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not, and three novels addressing the question of personal identity (including when cloned).

In this interview we discuss what neuroscience tells us about the sense of self, how perception gives rise to the sense of “I”, who is in control, how science deals with paradox, the limitations of science and embracing the not knowing…  

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