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Oliver Sacks is a psychiatrist and neurologist best known for his collections of case histories from the far borderlands of neurological experience, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a[…]

Neurologist Oliver Sacks identifies what we still don’t know about the human brain.

Question: If you could have one question answered about the human brain, what would it be?

Oliver Sacks:  How it works?

I would like to know how the 100 billion neurons in the incessant interactions are able to create this wonderful thing we call thought, feeling, language, humanity, individuality, consciousness.

This is the ultimate brain/mind questions. That’s the ultimate question which neurologists; whether it could be answered even in principle, I don’t know

I think we’re getting closer in some ways. And I hope I live long enough to get some feeling of the answer there.

Recorded on: Sep 4, 2008