Google invited me and a neuroscientist to their headquarters to discuss consciousness from both the Buddhist and scientific perspectives. Presently, the view of mainstream neuroscience on consciousness remains where it was more than one hundred years ago. But my co-speaker was optimistic about the ongoing conversation between Buddhism and science.
Dr. Martha Herbert is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of the TRANSCEND Research Program. She has studied autism, one of her main research interests, for more than twenty years. She gave me her book, The Autism Revolution, which is worth reading by parents of children with autism.