RadioLab Asks “Who Am I?”

photo: ross pollack

Like brains and baboons?

Something in the way our brain operates tells us about our ability to imagine and perceive ourselves. So, what makes me “Me” and what makes you ”You”? And where, exactly, is the sense of self located in the brain? 

The "mind" and "self" were formerly the domain of philosophers and priests.

But in this hour of Radiolab, neurologists lead the charge on profound questions like, "How does the brain make me?"

The hosts visit U.C. San Diego neurologist, V.S.Ramachandran who describes the evolution of human consciousness… or the difference between the way we think of some abstraction, like love, and the way a baboon thinks of a rear end.