Consciousness is a hard problem because it is emergent, mixes software and hardware, and is dizzyingly self-referential. It’s harder still because, in a sense, it impossible to study directly.
- The Kekulé Problem: Where did language come from? by Cormac McCarthy
- Is Matter Conscious?: Why the central problem in neuroscience is mirrored in physics, by Hedda Hassel Mørch
- Why Poverty Is Like a Disease: Emerging science is putting the lie to the American meritocracy, by Christian H. Cooper
- This issue also includes contributions from: Kevin Berger, Jordana Cepelewicz, Cody Delistraty, Ryota Kanai, Alla Katsnelson, Barbara J. King, Paul La Farge, Jacob Lopata, Mike Mariani, Lauren Marks, George Musser, Steve Paulson, Julie Sedivy, Michael Segal, Peter Singer, and Chelsea Wald.