Paranormal denotes experiences that are outside the norm and beyond scientific explanation. Even so, these events, from supernatural phenomena to extrasensory perception to ghosts, aliens and UFOs, take on a life of their own in pop culture. That’s where Live Science comes in: Our reporters dig into the latest paranormal news to debunk and even explain the science of what's really causing the seemingly supernatural.
Most religions claim that there is more to the self than the brain. The traditional understanding is that human sentience and selfhood are conveyed via some kind of nonphysical substance, often called a "soul."
Big thinkers discuss the definition of a self and what that means for death, the demise of the body and the destruction of the brain. Can the self survive? And could your self be uploaded into another brain, even a nonbiological one?