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Philosophy 132, 001|Spring 2010|UC Berkeley - Download free content from UC Berkeley Consciousness in humans and non-human animals: Recent advances and future directions. | Frontiers in Consciousness Research Melanie Boly1,2,3*, Anil K. Seth4,5, Melanie Wilke6,7, Paul Ingmundson8, Bernard Baars9, Steven Laureys3, David B. Naotsugu Tsuchiya11,12 This joint article reflects the authors' personal views regarding noteworthy advances in the neuroscience of consciousness in the last 10 years, and suggests what we feel may be promising future directions. Keywords: consciousness, animals, human cognition, theoretical neuroscience, biotechnology, neuroimaging Citation: Boly M, Seth AK, Wilke M, Ingmundson P, Baars B, Laureys S, Edelman DB and Tsuchiya N (2013) Consciousness in humans and non-human animals: recent advances and future directions. Received: 11 March 2013; Accepted: 24 August 2013; Published online: 31 October 2013. Copyright © 2013 Boly, Seth, Wilke, Ingmundson, Baars, Laureys, Edelman and Tsuchiya. *Correspondence: Melanie Boly, Department of Neurology, University of Wisconsin, 6001 Research Park Boulevard, Madison, WI 53719, USA e-mail: boly@wisc.edu

Discover Magazine: The latest in science and technology news, blogs and articles - Can You See With Your Tongue? At a University of Wisconsin lab, occupational therapist Kathi Kamm, right, tests graduate student Carla Becker's ability to "see" while blind-folded. A video camera on Becker's forehead relays images through a laptop computer to an electric grid on her tongue. Becker's brain can then process the images. I'm sitting at a table draped in black, surrounded by black curtains. Candles, spheres, and unfamiliar symbols have been placed before me. My right hand, arms, and head are strapped with wires, and my mouth is filled with electrodes. Although this may sound like a scene for a Black Mass, it's even stranger than that: I'm trying to see with my tongue. The gear I'm wearing was invented by Paul Bach-y-Rita, a neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Kamm sits down in front of me. That leaves my tongue. I've caught it. Paul Bach-y-Rita says he owes his unorthodox thinking to life with his father. "We don't see with our eyes," Bach-y-Rita is fond of saying.

"The Rise of the Creative Class" by Richard Florida Purchase Richard Florida's related book As I walked across the campus of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University one delightful spring day, I came upon a table filled with young people chatting and enjoying the spectacular weather. Several had identical blue T-shirts with "Trilogy@CMU" written across them---Trilogy being an Austin, Texas-based software company with a reputation for recruiting our top students. I walked over to the table. "Are you guys here to recruit?" I noticed one member of the group sitting slouched over on the grass, dressed in a tank top. What a change from my own college days, just a little more than 20 years ago, when students would put on their dressiest clothes and carefully hide any counterculture tendencies to prove that they could fit in with the company. While I was interested in the change in corporate recruiting strategy, something even bigger struck me. Yet Pittsburgh's economy continues to putter along in a middling flat-line pattern.

Eliminative materialism Eliminativists argue that modern belief in the existence of mental phenomena is analogous to the ancient belief in obsolete theories such as the geocentric model of the universe. Eliminativism stands in opposition to reductive materialism, which argues that a mental state is well defined, and that further research will result in a more detailed, but not different understanding.[3] An intermediate position is revisionary materialism, which will often argue that the mental state in question will prove to be somewhat reducible to physical phenomena - with some changes to the common sense concept. Eliminativism about a class of entities is the view that that class of entities does not exist.[4] For example, all forms of materialism are eliminativist about the soul; modern chemists are eliminativist about phlogiston; and modern physicists are eliminativist about the existence of luminiferous aether. Overview[edit] Philosophers who argue against eliminativism may take several approaches.

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES PRESENTS The Mind Unleashed: 3 Censored TED Talks They Don't Want You To See The current establishment has plenty to gain by keeping the people of this planet in the dark about ideas that can lead to a revolution in human consciousness. It’s time to change that. 1. Hancock’s TED Talk, “The War on Consciousness”, was deliberately removed from YouTube: “Graham Hancock’s talk, again, shares a compelling and unorthodox worldview, but one that strays well beyond the realm of reasonable science. Chris Anderson, [TED]. Graham Hancockis the author of major international bestsellers, his books have sold more than five million copies worldwide and have been translated into 27 languages. 2. TED also removed the recent talk by author and bio-chemist Rupert Sheldrake. 3. Entrepreneur Rick Hanauer’s presentation is surroundedby controversy because after it was recorded, it was passed over for publication by TED. Credits: Why Don’t You Try This.

The Crüel World of R. Scött Bâkkër After some back-and-forth discussions pursuant to my opining on the New Nihilism of George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie and others in a post entitled The Decline and Fall of the Fantasy Novel, I found myself interested in the works of my interlocutor, who happened to be the author of The Prince of Nothing series as well as a second series entitled The Aspect Emperor. It’s too soon to write a review, as I have only finished the first book in the series, The Darkness That Comes Before. However, there are already five things that are readily apparent about Mr. Bakker’s fiction. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. “Anasûrimbor! Now that is indeed a fictional punch to the left frontal cortex, in response to which the English-speaking reader can but reel and mutter a heartfelt “Wöw!”

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