They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, and that’s true in every aspect of life. Self-awareness and introspection have the ring of of a self-help guru’s empty promises, but they are the starting point that leads to every improvement.
It’s no mystery why “secrets” to success are generally so practical. A career involves many kinds of decisions, and we all foster the hope that there’s a recipe for making these decisions, even though research combined with experience tells us that there isn’t. This doesn’t stop aspiring, ambitious people from clinging to a set of habits, attitudes, beliefs, etc. that are supposed to give them the competitive edge.
Studying the mind was once the province of philosophers, some of whom still believe the subject is inherently unknowable. But neuroscientists are making strides in developing a true science of the self.
Here are some of the best contenders for a theory of consciousness.