Question: Do you think there is a neurological explanation for consciousness or is it beyond scientific reasoning?
anon answered on 8 Mar 2021:
Hi Anastacia Thompson,
Firstly, I don’t think there is anything beyond scientific explanation! And secondly, to answer your question, to some degree, yes.
We as humans have been trying to answer this for as long as we have been alive as a species. It really is as illusive and intriguing to us as the start of the universe! How do we get from a 3lbs lump of grey stuff to the basis of who we are and how we think?!
It’s really hard to answer compared to other scientific questions as we can’t really just look inside someone’s head, but…
The best explanation that we have is the ‘default mode network’. Essentially when we are not thinking, such as daydreaming or mind wandering activity lights up in certain areas of the brain. It has been suggested that this brain activity and how the neurons seem to fire together could be the answer (to an extent) of what exactly consciousness is.
Though it does beg questions like is there anything outside of the context of our brain? Even are we in the matrix!? And it also really brings into question other parts of psychology like behaviourism that saw thoughts as ‘black box’ and not worthy of study.