"The modern and contemporary philosophical tradition, which has emphasized the specialness and security of self-knowledge, especially self-knowledge of the stream of conscious experience, and in comparison the relative insecurity or derivativeness of our knowledge of the physical world around us, has the epistemic situation upside-down" - Eric Schwitzgebel (Previously)
"The whole endeavour of the consciousness studies community is absurd – they are in pursuit of a chimera" - Peter Hacker on philosophy
For the first time in the Indian state of Maharashtra, life sentences were meted out based on the findings of Brain Electrical Oscillation Signature(BEOS) profiling. [more inside]
MindPapers - David Chalmers organizes, streamlines and expands his collection of papers related to mind and neuroscience.
Do You Taste What I Taste? - The first of Slate's 3-part series on the physiology of taste [parts 2, 3]
Recursion and Human Thought - Why the Piraha don't have numbers
Neurolaw - The Brain on the Stand
Dictionary of Disorder - shaping the DSM
Neuroscience Gateway - "a comprehensive source for the latest research, news and events in neuroscience and genomics research"
Psychiatry by Prescription - Do psychotropic drugs blur the boundaries between illness and health?
Living with half a brain - hemispherectomy, probably the most radical procedure in neurosurgery
Douglas Hofstadter says, "What troubles me is the notion that things that touch me at my deepest core -- pieces of music most of all, which I have always taken as direct soul-to-soul messages -- might be effectively produced by mechanisms thousands if not millions of times simpler than the intricate biological machinery that gives rise to a human soul.". That was prompted by his reception to the output of David Cope's project Experiments in Musical Intelligence.
Nature has a somewhat technical but free supplement on sleep