I would like to preface this post by saying this is my last post on this site. The semester winding down so I am doing my last post a few days early to clear time before finals. Hope whoever has read this blog has enjoyed it. -Ginger Synapse
I choose to study neuroscience because I have never found anything of equal interest, the complexity alone is enough to make me smile. However, telling people I love to study the brain is gateway into questions which deal little with neurobiology and for that matter neuroscience. People assume because you study the brain you can answer questions regarding their lives in a similar manner to a pastor in a church, which I am not. I try to avoid answering these questions because neuroscience, unlike religion, is difficult to accept and where the results seem to appease it is likely due to a lack of research.
The recently popular question to pose is the classic, who am I? The popularity here can likely be attributed to when David Eagleman gave a lecture earlier in the semester and freewill was put into question or rather he simply stated the truth. The next question, is of course, well if I cannot control what I think, then who am I. A question, which likely should have been resolved in the 8th grade, but college is better than never, I guess. Some recent research put out though seems to put this in a nice way which I was unable to articulate prior. The idea shown here is the brain hold a conversation with itself which creates the illusion of a being. Little more has to be said about who someone is, it answers the question. So, now I just have to deal with the reality that I enjoy to hold conversations with myself about holding conversations with myself.