New technologies allow neuroscientists to observe the workings of the brain in real time and increasing detail. These "movies of the mind" coupled with decades of study of patients with damage to specific regions of the brain are bringing us closer to unlocking the mysteries of consciousness.
These discoveries raise ethical questions about what we can actually know and how to put this knowledge responsibly to use. They also tread on sensitive territory – our fundamental ideas about ourselves and what it means to be human. The question today's homepage addresses is how best we can use neuroscientific findings to improve our lives and expand our human experience.