The current issue of “New Scientist” explores issues of human consciousness: What is it? Why does it exist? Does it exist in other beings? Daniel Bor’s feature story delves in to the human mind to discover what consciousness looks like in action. Clare Wilson and Liz Else explore states of altered consciousness and explain what we can learn from ourselves. Emma Young discusses the what, why, and how of human consciousness and Clare Wilson asks why we aren’t all zombies – that is, why we chosen few are allowed to revel in consciousness at all.
News stories discuss such topics as stem cell research, insect-heavy and ecologically-friendly diets, and the ever-increasing presence of carbon dioxide in our Earth’s natural environment. In exclusive interviews, artificial intelligence expert Mark Bishop explains why he believes weapons of mass destruction should be banned completely and geneticist Paolo Gasparini explains how our meal selections can transform us into our healthiest selves.