What a privilege it will be for our generation –- and our children’s -– to witness what I believe will be the greatest revolution in the history of the human race: understanding ourselves.
— V.S. Ramachandran

Neuroscience: the science of mind. The central challenge of science in the twenty-first century is to understand the human mind in biological terms. (Kandel2, xiv) Neuroscientists try to understand how the brain makes the mind possible. (LeDoux, 18) How meaning arises from electrical activity in the vast neural networks making up the brain. (Koch, 2) (Historically) focused on how specific processes, like perception, memory, or emotion, work in the brain. (LeDoux, 1)

The study of the brain is becoming the cornerstone in understanding how we perceive and interact with the external world and, in particular, how human experience and human biology influence each other. Neuroscience is a scientific discipline that studies the structure, function, development, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology of the nervous system. (It includes) any systematic scientific experimental and theoretical investigation of the central and peripheral nervous systems of biological organisms. (Ramachandran, xvi) (Hawkins, 249) (It includes) dealing with the brain mechanisms of social interactions (Goldberg, 166) There is no scientific study more vital to man than the study of his own brain. Our entire view of the universe depends on it. (The Brain-Francis Crick, 137)