Think about all your dreams, loves, memories, and fears. Think about yourself as an individual existing through time. Somehow all this arises from three pounds of meat packed inside your skull. How is this possible? There is nothing we know more intimately than conscious experience and nothing that is harder to explain.
Music: Borodin: String quartet No. 2, Third movement, Czech National Symphony. You will recognize the melody “This Is My Beloved” from “Kismet.”
The pdf text of this and the next lecture can be downloaded here.