Friday, January 27, 2012

The Most Interesting Unsolved Problem of Science

Physicist and novelist Alan Lightman, who visits 2/2, is interviewed in the most recent issue of The Atlantic:

Q: "Mr. g" [the character of God in the novel] spends quite a while experimenting with consciousness, adding cells to an organism to see when it becomes conscious. What intrigues you about consciousness

A: For me, consciousness is the most interesting unsolved problem of science, and, in fact, we may never know what it is about a particular arrangement of neurons that gives rise to consciousness. Our consciousness, like the air we breathe or like the passage of time, is central to our existence as intelligent beings.