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Lecture Series to Discuss Science of the Unconscious

Join the Nour Foundation, the New York Academy of Sciences and Wisconsin Public Radio's nationally-syndicated program To the Best of Our Knowledge for a thought-provoking three-part series that explores the mysteries of the unconscious mind

Published October 19, 2016

NEW YORK, October 19, 2016 — The science of consciousness is one of the last uncharted frontiers in scientific discovery. Neuroscientists are now attempting the challenging task of mapping the human brain, but they must also seek answers to questions of how our thoughts and emotions — including our self-awareness — emerge from our brain's neural circuits. While scientists move forward with research to understand the individual elements of conscious awareness, it is unclear whether neuroscience will be able to explain one's experience of "self" and the web of emotions, hopes and desires that work together to animate the human mind.

There is broad scientific consensus that most of our thinking is shaped and propelled below the level of our awareness. Today, a new generation of neuroscientists and psychotherapists is beginning to unlock the secrets of the unconscious, a mysterious realm that impacts virtually every aspect of our lives, stimulating our desires, forging our dreams, sparking our insights, and even animating our transcendent and spiritual experiences.

Members of the public are invited to join the; 212-298-8612).

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About To the Best of Our Knowledge

To the Best of Our Knowledge is a Peabody Award-winning radio show produced at Wisconsin Public Radio and syndicated by Public Radio International. Each week TTBOOK cracks open the world of ideas, featuring in-depth interviews with renowned scientists, writers, artists, scholars, and visionaries. Please visit us online at


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