Q: My first question relates to your prior book “Immortal II’ — in which you assert that the scientific revolution has stripped a lot of meaning from our existence and that it has undermined the notion that consciousness is immortal. I’d like to get your opinion on how your work as a functional surgeon has validated this assertion and how it has demonstrated the idea that consciousness is not localized in the physical structures of the brain.
A: IMMORTAL actually contains what, to me, are proof enough that consciousness is not generated by the brain. Of course the strongest indication comes from the chasm between what we interpret as excitable brain matter (neurons/glia) and our varied conscious experiences. And here my time as functional neurosurgeon (i.e. electrically stimulating the living brain) figures prominently in my quest.