Alva Noë talks about brain reading and our understanding of the mind. Scientists seem to have been able to reconstruct what is going on in your brain when you are watching a film clip. Is this reading the brain? Noë argues that "we cannot find out what you are thinking or feeling or experiencing by 'reading' your brain." We only find out about what your are thinking or feeling or experiencing by knowing you,
Brain reading, then, is more like reading a person's facial expression than it is like a direct encounter with the soul. And brain reading is something we can do not because the brain is the seat of consciousness, but precisely because it is not.
Can You See What I See? - Alva Noë - Life - The Atlantic