consciousness Archive

3 for Thursday: 3 Crash Courses on The Brain

There was a day when people thought with their hearts. Well, maybe they did not actually think with their literal hearts, but they thought the heart is where the mind could be found...anyway, you get the picture. If neuroscience has demonstrated anything, it is that the brain is where the mind is at today.

“Remember the Thalamus!” A Review of Andrew’s Brain

The narrator of E. L. Doctorow’s new novel is Andrew. Or, more accurately, Andrew’s brain. Or, perhaps most accurately, some consciousness that refers to itself as Andrew. It’s hard to get your bearings in this novel of neuroscience, because Andrew is the ultimate unreliable narrator: he knows that “there is nothing you can think

3 for Thursday: 3 Clues to Understanding Your Brain

In this week's 3 for Thursday, V.S. Ramachandran gives us three clues for understanding the brain. He also demonstrates that we all have Synesthesia.

The Rise of Neuroexistentialism

Last weekend I reviewed Patricia Churchland’s Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain, which explores the reality of the brain behind what we know as “the self.” There is a Copernican moment occurring in brain science that raises serious questions about the nature of who and what we are, creating an potential existential crisis

Book Review: Touching a Nerve

A pillar of most religious belief is the idea of the self as soul. There are always variations on this theme, but the immaterial side---especially in Western thought---is that which is the true you and that which makes spirituality possible. The self as soul has been assumed to be the case by theologians and

Short Science: I Think, Therefore You Are: Researchers Develop Brain to Brain Interfaces

I recently posted about new advances in the area of non-invasive brain to brain interfaces (BBI). BBI allows two brains to interact with each other. (How could anyone not love science?) The original story involved the interaction of a human and rat brain; researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston were able to move

Book Review: Immortality

Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How it Drives Civilization by Stephen Cave Crown, 2012 338 pages (Kindle) Available Amazon When faced with the real possibility of immortality through consciousness-prolonging technology (see “3 Freaky Visions of Immortality“), comedian Lewis Black’s retort on the Daily Show may have said it all. “To me the

3 for Thursday: 3 Freaky Visions of Immortality

The human quest for immortality is the thing of religion and science fiction. Probably most of us wonder what it would be like to never die and we base our choice of religion on which one offers us the best possibility of achieving that dream. But what about technological solutions? Have we thought of
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