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Comment 8 by Steve Zara :

I am often accused of attempting to reduce the ineffable beauty of human experience down to ‘just’ a bunch of chemical reactions.

I know the feeling. How do we get around this?

I suspect that many of the people saying those things are immune to explanations.

But surely part of any attempt should include all the known ways that chemical changes in the brain dramatically change our experiences. We can use chemicals to switch off experience (general anesthetic); mind-altering drugs are obvious examples; and there must be many other things we could identify.

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:00:05 UTC | #881492