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At 2:30pm today(Yesterday now), some of the world’s preeminent psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers will discuss the biology of the mind. The discussion, which takes place at The Helix Center in New York, will focus on whether the very human concepts of the mind, consciousness, and self-awareness are merely a function of the mammalian brain’s structure, or whether there’s more to it. By the same measure, the researchers will discuss whether the mind is purely the reserve of humans, or whether it also exists further down the evolutionary scale.
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I couldn't watch the utube video it was so poorly produced.
But my thoughts are that consciousness and awareness are intertwined. And on the evolutionary scale; man is still in diapers.
There is a pathway to consciousness and awareness [shamans way] but we are forbidden on ATS to discuss it. What's that tell you?
I think Terence Mckenna had some valid points if you want to google him.
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A lot of people have really odd ideas about consciousness but then again a lot of people have other ideas that aren't well supported either. I suppose it must be part of the human condition, though I've made a goal to weed out fact from fiction.
I find this a most interesting subject as im sure lots of you round these here parts will also. Well what are you thoughts on the article and vid if you have the time?
So, to rephrase, we know some stuff, but not enough to form a full answer yet.
the fact is, we still need to do a lot more research before we can answer these questions with any certainty. We are currently at the point where we have a pretty good understanding of how individual neurons operate — but we still have almost no clue about how the form of the brain, and its various, distinct regions, affect its functionality.