One Brain’s Mind
Reflections of a cognitive neuroscientist on brains and minds
Tell me what’s wrong with this sentence: both humans and men can attend college. Obviously I’ve made a categorical error with my choice of words. Men are humans and humans include men, but my stupid example confuses that fact. Here’s another example. Both humans and animals live on Earth. I’ve made the same categorical error;Continue reading “Dear science, either choose linguistic precision or don’t”
Had I money to bet and a bookie to take it, I’d wager Micheal Graziano is on the right track when it comes to understanding consciousness. His “attention schema theory“, which has gathered some empirical support, gives us a way to understand how a brain can do consciousness without resorting to dualism, mysticism, endless philosophizing,Continue reading “Maybe it feels like there’s a “hard problem” of consciousness. That doesn’t mean there is one.”
Imagine standing next to someone living who you know. Are they conscious? That is, do they have private, subjective experiences, at least somewhat analogous to the ones you have? Do they consciously experience sights, sounds, touch, memories, pain, pleasure, etc.? Is it like something to be them? “Of course”, you want to say. They’re notContinue reading “The question of “animal” minds”
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