The Astonishing Hypothesis, by Francis Crick
Some 40 years ago, in a Nobel Prize-winning feat, Francis Crick and James Watson unraveled the structure of DNA, showing how the genetic information which controls the biological nature of all living creatures is stored in a molecule with the shape of a double helix. Unburdened by false modesty, Crick proclaimed in a Cambridge pub: “We have discovered the secret of life!”
Since then, Crick’s ambition has not waned. Now in his late seventies, having moved from Cambridge to California and changed his focus from biochemistry to brain research, he believes that the time is ripe for a rigorous exploration of the phenomenon of consciousness—or, as he puts it, a scientific understanding of the human soul.
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