June 27, 2000
Of Chemistry and Consciousness
By Harrison Wein
The concept of consciousness is familiar to us all, but it may be the
most mysterious feature of our existence. What exactly is
consciousness? What gives us this self-awareness? Are our minds
somehow separate from our bodies, destined never to be explained
by science? These questions have occupied philosophers and artists
ranging from the writings of Kant and Hegel to movies like Arnold
Schwarzenegger's Total Recall.
Set Ground Rules First, Advises NIH Ombuds
By Robert Bock
Before two or more people start working together, it will help if each
finds out what the other expects, said Dr. Howard Gadlin, director
of the NIH Office of the Ombudsman.