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Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Sejnowski, T.J.
Year of Publication: 2015
Journal: Daedalus
Volume: 144
Number: 1
Pagination: 123-132
Date Published: 01/2015
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication Language: eng

No one did more to draw neuroscientists’ attention to the problem of consciousness in the twen- tieth century than Francis Crick, who may be better known as the co-discoverer (with James Watson) of the structure of DNA. Crick focused his research on visual awareness and based his analysis on the progress made over the last fifty years in uncovering the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception. Because much of what happens in our brains occurs below the level of consciousness and many of our intuitions about unconscious processing are misleading, consciousness remains an elusive problem. In the end, when all of the brain mechanisms that underlie consciousness have been identified, will we still be asking: “What is consciousness?” Or will the question shift, just as the question “What is life?” is no longer the same as it was before Francis Crick?