Is the soul independent of the mind? How does matter produce consciousness? These questions have been puzzling philosophers for millennia, and now interdisciplinary subjects such as cognitive science are providing new insights for the field.
Stephen Cave’s book Immortality, the quest to live forever and how it drives civilisation was one of the 10 best popular science books of 2012 according to New Scientist. It takes a look at cognitive science along with how perennial mystery of the soul has affected us throughout our history. Sam Tracey caught up with Stephen to find out more.