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Explaining consciousness: These 2 brain networks show how we turn experiences into memories

One of the most recent studies showed a clear relationship between two brain networks critical to consciousness. In a paper ...
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Consciousness is subjective. Does that mean it can’t be rigorously studied?

The science of consciousness has enjoyed a renaissance in the last couple of decades and the study of our own ...
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Finding where ‘consciousness resides in the human brain’ could help us awaken comatose patients

Some people may gradually come out of a coma or wake up after a few weeks.... To help these people, ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Hunches’ can’t be used to decide the fate of ‘covertly conscious’ patients in vegetative states

[A]s many as 15% to 20% of patients who have been rigorously diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state ...
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Some patients in vegetative states have functioning minds. Keeping them alive may amount to ‘torture’

[Researchers] have convincingly demonstrated that a subset of individuals in persistent vegetative states have meaningfully functioning minds — even as ...
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Deconstructing the idea that consciousness is a ‘spooky’ illusion

These days it is highly fashionable to label consciousness an ‘illusion’. This in turn fosters the impression, especially among the ...
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‘Scientific fight of the century’: Two theories of consciousness are going head-to-head

Here’s something you don’t hear every day: two theories of consciousness are about to face off in the scientific fight ...
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Astonishing efficiency, unlimited storage: What makes the human brain so powerful?

[A] team from Washington University in St. Louis combined neural recordings from rats with computer modeling to uncover one of the ...
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Searching for a mathematical model of consciousness

What is consciousness? In a sense, this is one of the greatest mysteries in the universe. ... Science has produced ...
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Will we ever know if our computers gain consciousness?

The question of whether machines can have consciousness is not new, with proponents of strong artificial intelligence (strong AI) and ...
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‘Tremendous ethical challenge’: What if lab-grown brains are capable of developing consciousness?

At what point does electro-chemical activity in dissected brain-like tissue become conscious? Yes, I’m talking about the classic sci-fi “brain ...
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Tiny electric signals in the brains of comatose patients may help predict who will wake up

Researchers may have found a way to detect inklings of consciousness in comatose and vegetative patients just days after they ...
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No, plants don’t have ‘conscious awareness’, scientists argue

The remarkable ability of plants to respond to their environment has led some scientists to believe it’s a sign of ...
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Are plants conscious? Experts say trendy theory in biology based on misunderstanding of evolution

If a tree falls, and no one's there to hear it, does it feel pain and loneliness? No, experts argue ...
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We could try to build a conscious robot. But how would we know if we succeeded?

Consciousness seems to stem from the struggle between our brain's beliefs and perceptions. How can we design neural networks to ...
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Viewpoint: What is ‘consciousness’ and what role does it play in evolution?

One of the biggest challenges in evolutionary science is to explain the evolution of consciousness. While that is widely recognized, ...
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Are we closer to determining what a ‘conscious brain’ looks like?

Most of the time, it’s easy to tell when someone is consciously aware. But there are many tragic cases when ...
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Arguing for and against consciousness in single-celled organisms

A provocative new book by Arthur Reber argues that bacteria are conscious and that the origins of mind are found ...
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Is conscious thought just an illusion?

Philosopher Peter Carruthers insists that conscious thought, judgment and volition are illusions. … [Carruthers:] Thoughts such as decisions and judgments ...
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State of mind: Will computers learn to act and think like we do?

The technology that drives artificial intelligence is constantly moving forward. But will machines every gain the human equivalent of a ...