Readings on: Neuroscience and consciouness
Nagel, Thomas, "What is it like to be a bat?" [abridged - 2000 words] – a seminal essay concerning the mind/body problem
Churchland, Patricia Smith Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy [abridged – 750 words] – we are beginning to understand the brain states of elements of consciousness
Churchland, Patricia Smith Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy [abridged – 790 words] – the self is not an ethereal bit of “soul stuff.”
Ramachandran, V. S. (Rama) The Neurology of Self-Awareness [extract – 1470 words] – the mirror neuron mechanism originally evolved to help adopt another's point of view has turned inward to look at self.