Neuroskeptic: Consciousness? FFS... →
fuckyeahconsciousness: An interesting paper on the neurobiology of conscious awareness: Unconscious High-Level Information Processing. The authors propose that consciousness may be associated, not with activation in any given area of the brain, but with recurrent information processing between areas, a kind of neural ping-pong. When presented with sensory information, say the sight of an...
Quantum Physics Again
Here’s a more eastern religious view on the Quantum Physics side of things. Essentially he is talking about the theory that it takes a conscious act of measurement or observation to turn possibility into actuality. Therefore the universe was made to support us, the part of ‘God’ that knows that it is. http://www.enlightennext.org/magazine/j11/goswami.asp?page=3 This theory is...
3poundsoul: One of my personal heroes and a terrific, provocative talk. If you pay attention to only a few things I ever post, make them the TEDtalks and Ramachandran videos. ENJOY
Quantum Physics in Neuroscience and Psychology
This particular article is packed with information and can be hard to read. Again I’ve done my best to summarize the key points if you’re interested. http://www-physics.lbl.gov/~stapp/PTB6.pdf Schwartz, Stapp, and Beauregard start by talking about “self-directed neuroplasticity” or the conscious effort to change the way one thinks. This is one of the phenomena of...
A Few Brain Imaging Studies
I thought the correlation between these two was interesting: The brain on shrooms: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20358-psychedelic-drug-cuts-brain-blood-flow-and-connections.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news The brain being creative: http://www.ted.com/talks/charles_limb_your_brain_on_improv.html
The Neurobiology of Consciousness
Christof Koch primarily works on correlation between certain parts of the brain and certain characteristics of experience. Or more generally, if we took out sections of your brain, which sections would still be required to retain your consciousness? Though I believe a large part of consciousness is missed using this technique, it is a good way to gather data and move toward a constraint model of...
Science of Consciousness →
Interview with David Chalmers that gives a great summary of the current research. I’ll be covering his papers later.
Through the Wormhole →
These episodes covers some of the current research in consciousness in a nice, non-scientific, epic way. I recommend watching them all - but keep in mind that they are trying to increase the viewers of the Science Channel, and therefore may exaggerate to increase the entertainment value of the show.
Neurotic Thought is a compilation of papers and videos pertaining mainly to the science of consciousness. The reason for this is to get as much CRITIQUE as possible - so please post anything that comes to mind on these topics.