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Science can’t totally explain consciousness, and it never will

There are several major scientific theories that attempt to explain how exactly how our brains have consciousness. But all of them, argues Lisa Miracchi, an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, have the effect of reducing consciousness to neural processes.<p>While some …

Consciousness

Leading neuroscientists and Buddhists agree: “Consciousness is everywhere" - Lion's Roar

Neuroscientist Christof Koch discusses scientific theories of consciousness with the Dalai Lama.<p>New theories in neuroscience suggest consciousness is …

Consciousness

30 Alan Watts Quotes That Will Make You Rethink Life - The Open Mind

Alan Watts is often viewed as one of the most prolific philosophers of the 20th century and is widely known for his interpretations of Zen Buddhism …

This device can tell doctors just how conscious you are

How conscious are you? It seems like an unanswerable question. But new research from the University of Cambridge claims to be able to measure exactly …

Ray Kurzweil: In The 2030s, Nanobots In Our Brains Will Make Us 'Godlike'

Once we're cyborgs, he says, we'll be funnier, sexier and more loving.<p>Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil predicts humans are going to develop emotions and characteristics of higher complexity as a result of connecting their brains to computers.<p>“We’re going to be funnier. We’re going to be sexier. …

Singularity

Is Our Universe a Fake?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's</i> …

Singularity

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Blowing up the brain to reveal its finer details

Children of all ages enjoy growing and hatching dinosaur eggs. These fun little toys are made of a material that is absorbant and expandable. When placed in a glass of water, the rubber dino begins to expand, and the kids’ excitement begins to mount as it grows and breaks through its shell over the …

Neurophilosophy

Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips For Living A Kick-Ass Life

You may know Mark Twain for some of his very popular books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He was a writer and …

Super high-res MRI detects single atom - Futurity

Researchers have detected a single hydrogen atom using very high-resolution MRI technology.

Chemistry

Belief in Free Will Not Threatened by Neuroscience

A key finding from neuroscience research over the last few decades is that non-conscious preparatory brain activity appears to precede the subjective …

Why are the media so obsessed with female scientists' appearance?

Yet another profile of Susan Greenfield feels the need to dwell on her ‘long, youthfully blond hair’. Why are the media so rubbish at covering women in science?<p>The Observer has an interview with Susan Greenfield this weekend. There are lots of questions it might prompt. Why, for example, has she …

Our Universe May Have Emerged from a Black Hole in a Higher Dimensional Universe

The event horizon of a black hole — the point of no return for anything that falls in — is a spherical surface. In a higher-dimensional universe, a …

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

Can science explain consciousness? Science Weekly podcast

Three leading researchers and thinkers discuss the emerging scientific understanding of this mysterious human faculty<p>This week we revisit a classic edition of the podcast recorded in February 2012. Former Science Weekly presenter <b>Alok Jha</b> interviewed three specialists investigating the "hard …

Scientists threaten to boycott €1.2bn Human Brain Project

Researchers say European commission-funded initiative to simulate human brain suffers from 'substantial failures'<p>The world's largest project to unravel the mysteries of the human brain has been thrown into crisis with more than 100 leading researchers threatening to boycott the effort amid …

Sistine Chapel

Magnetic Brain Stimulation May Trump Drugs For Severe Depression

For people with treatment-resistant depression, that is.<p>Drugs are the most common psychiatric treatment for depression. But about 40 percent of people fail to respond to this first-line of antidepressants. What to do? The answer to date has often been more and different drugs.<p>But transcranial …

Depression

Installing the world's first electronic spine

In <i>The Washington Post</i> this week, reporter Jim Tankersley follows a team of doctors as they install one of the world's first electronic spine replacements, dubbed the Neurobridge. The patient is paralyzed from the chest down, but researchers hope the Neurobridge can restore control of his hands. A …

Five alternative things successful PhD students would never do

The Guardian today published a list of 5 things a successful PhD student would never do. Reaction to this piece has been mixed. Some find it worryingly optimistic, others find it totally unrealistic. As a result, here is a different list of 5 more things a successful PhD student would never …

Flying Through Inner Space

It’s hard to truly see the brain. I don’t mean to simply see a three-pound hunk of tissue. I mean to see it in a way that offers a deep feel for how it works. That’s not surprising, given that the human brain is made up of over 80 billion neurons, each branching out to form thousands of connections …

Paul Allen: The Singularity Isn't Near - MIT Technology Review

Futurists like Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have argued that the world is rapidly approaching a tipping point, where the accelerating pace of …

Singularity

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in …

Brain Cells 'Geotag' Memories To Cache What Happened — And Where

Think back to an important event in your life: a graduation, a birth, a special Thanksgiving dinner. Chances are you're remembering not only what happened, but also where it happened. And now scientists think they know why.<p>As we form so-called episodic memories, the brain appears to be using …

Federal Brain Science Project Aims To Restore Soldiers' Memory

When President Obama announced his plan to explore the mysteries of the human brain seven months ago, it was long on ambition and short on details.<p>Now some of the details are being sketched in.<p>The BRAIN Initiative will include efforts to restore lost memories in war veterans, create tools that let …

A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 11.14.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>It’s a question that’s perplexed …

The Pain Of Torture Lasts Forever

A study of Israeli veterans of the 1973 Yom Kippur War finds that torture permanently alters a person's perception of pain.<p>The pain inflicted during torture can last far beyond the actual event. Aside from the psychological ramifications, torture can cause long-term changes to the way your body …