NEUROSCIENTISTS have been busy for years trying to catalog the “neuronal correlates of consciousness” in the brain,
They are determined to prove that consciousness somehow originates in the gray matter between our ears.
This mechanistic view was assumed by the Human Genome Project, established to catalog the complete human DNA.
It is held that genes carry information about how we look, how well our bodies metabolize food or fight infection, and can determine even how we behave.
It was thought, therefore, that researchers would easily be able to identify specific genes underlying specific diseases, and then all diseases could be eliminated by manipulating the related genes.
But it was discovered that the seemingly simple concept was much more complex than expected.