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The brain is a Swiss Army knife: Nancy Kanwisher at TED2014

The brain is a Swiss Army knife: Nancy Kanwisher at TED2014

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She starts by telling us one of the most surprising results from recent neuroscience discoveries: The brain is not a general-purpose processor, but a collection of specialized components, “collectively building up who we are as human beings and thinkers.” Imagine, she says, walking into a daycare center and suddenly realizing you can’t recognize any of []

Us: The speakers in session 5 of TED2014

Us: The speakers in session 5 of TED2014

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Who are we? What are we doing here? Such thoughts plague more than just angst-filled teenagers. In this session, speakers take a piercing look at these and other complex questions, challenging preconceived notions of who we really are (let’s not forget microbes), how the brain works — and how consciousness fits into the equation. Here []