Consciousness has been an elusive enigma for philosophers and scientists alike for about as long as there've been philosophers and scientists.
And, while it's long been thought that artificial intelligence would bring us the next big breakthroughs in our understanding of consciousness, A.I. authority David Gelernter has a different idea entirely.
He looks for answers to these fundamental questions in, instead... literature.
Gelernter joins us for the hour.
- David Gelernter - The author of eight books and a professor of computer science at Yale; his newest book is The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.