The Final Moments
of Karl Brant
. "In the near future, a neurologist and two homicide detectives use experimental brain taping technology to question a murder victim about his final moments." [Via]
Humans, Version 3.0.
"The next giant leap in human evolution may not come from new fields like genetic engineering or artificial intelligence, but rather from appreciating our ancient brains." [Via] [more inside]
Picturing our thoughts.
"We're looking for too much in brain scans
"A few years ago a psychologist and a philosopher got into an argument over whether we can accurately describe our thoughts. "Yes," said the psychologist; with training and the help of my special technique, we can accurately describe our thoughts. The philosopher doubted it. To resolve their argument, they recruited a young woman who agreed tell them her thoughts, so that they could argue over whether she was credible." Eric Schwitzgebel and Russ Hurlbert debate the transparency of inner experience
. See also Schwitzgebel's extremely interesting blog
- David Chalmers organizes, streamlines and expands his collection of papers
related to mind and neuroscience.
The Philosophy and Neuroscience Movement
(PDF). A paper by Andrew Brook
and Pete Mandik
on the relationship between neuroscience and philosophy. [Via MindHacks.] [more inside]
The Consciometer - What if scientists could precisely measure when life begins and ends?
Common sense, law, medicine, and philosophy have long considered consciousness a central aspect of our moral existence as human beings. Sometime in the next decade or so, neuroscientists will likely identify the specific neural networks and activity that generate the vague but vital thing we call consciousness.
An interesting read from Slate
"is a community site that was established for the purpose of accelerating the development of neuroscience through web-based initiatives, which include the development, implementation and support of a wide range of neuroinformatics tools, services, and databases. BrainMeta also functions as an internet hub for fostering communication between individuals involved with the neurosciences." [Via Mind Hacks.]
I am John's brain.
Amusingly written, yet astutely raising an important point. What exactly are
we to do about consciousness? Although clearly different theories abound
, one must still ponder whether or not the problem is even solvable in the first place
. Where then can we turn to for our solution? Why, bicamerality
, of course