Man has been striving to attribute an objective meaning to the concept of "consciousness" ever since he first began speculating on the origins and the meaning of his existence. Over the centuries, dozens of interpretations, both metaphysical and naturalistic, have been offered and enjoyed alternating fortunes. Although consciousness is apparently a function of the brain, even today we lack - from the point of view of its origins and nature - a univocal definition of it. It seems reasonable to assume that a multidisciplinary approach that takes in the neurosciences (from human neurophysiology to artificial neural networks) and the humanistic sciences (which give voice to the ancient needs of Man) will be able to go some way towards answering these questions. In this issue we introduce the first part of the lecture given by Professor Giuseppe Nappi at the meeting entitled "The Power of the Mind and the States of Consciousness" held at "La Sapienza" University in Rome. In it he outlines the theories on the origins and evolution of consciousness.
|Translated title of the contribution||The mysterious origins of consciousness: In search of lost gods - Part II: Lecture given at the meeting "The Power of the Mind and the States of Consciousness" (Il potere della mente e gli stati di coscienza), University of Rome "La Sapienza", 2 October 2004|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology