Toward a scientific definition of consciousness

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Toward a scientific definition of consciousness

Postby daverupa » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:50 pm

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/ ... 101513.php

"It turns out that when we lose consciousness, the communication among areas of the brain becomes extremely inefficient, as if suddenly each area of the brain became very distant from every other, making it difficult for information to travel from one place to another," Monti said.

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"As profoundly defining of our mind as consciousness is, without having a scientific definition of this phenomenon, it is extremely difficult to study," Monti noted. This study, he said, marks an initial step toward conducting neuroscience research on consciousness.
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Re: Toward a scientific definition of consciousness

Postby Ben » Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:01 pm

Interesting. Thanks, Dave.
My understanding is that there has been a growing body of neuro science research into the nature of consciousness.
I recommend you check out Thomas Metzinger, author of "the ego tunnel".
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