Mapping the Physical And Mental Universes

August 5, 2004 | Source: Times of India

If the manual of life is encoded in our DNA, where do we look to find the blueprint of consciousness? This was a subject that fascinated Francis Crick, who, along with James Watson, discovered the double-helix structure of DNA 50 years ago.

Engrossed in the mysterious relationship between mind and body, Crick later felt impelled to turn his attention from matter to mind and from biology to philosophy — but he persisted in believing that one day, consciousness could be explained in biological terms, using the tools of neuroscience.