Can neuroscience explain consciousness?

Long excluded from serious consideration within psychology and the neurosciences, consciousness is back in business. A new journal, Neuroscience of Consciousness, will catalyse this new understanding by publishing the best new research, review, and opinion on how our “inner universe” comes to be. We sat down with the editor of the journal, Anil Seth, to learn a bit more about what is sometimes thought of as a problem beyond the reach of science. *   *   * What is consciousness? It’s tricky to come up with a rigorous scientific definition of consciousness which enjoys a broad consensus. On the other hand, we are all familiar with what consciousness is. Put simply, for a conscious organism, there is ‘something it is like’ to be that organism. Put another way, consciousness is lost…


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