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Neuroscience and Buddhism Agree: Consciousness is Everywhere

Neuroscience and Buddhism Agree: Consciousness is Everywhere

A new theory in neuroscience suggests consciousness is an intrinsic property of everything, just like gravity. The theory, called Integrated Information Theory, states that consciousness appears in physical systems that contain many different and highly interconnected pieces of information. Based on that hypothesis, consciousness can be measured as a theoretical quantity, which the researchers call […]

If Consciousness Emerges from Neurological Systems, it will Emerge from Artificial Systems Too

If Consciousness Emerges from Neurological Systems, it will Emerge from Artificial Systems Too

A few years ago I read¬†Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hoftstadter. It’s a fascinating and thought provoking read about how consciousness emerges from well-hidden neurological patterns. In brief, Hofstadter says that the following is required for intelligence: to make sense out of ambiguous or contradictory messages; to recognise the relative importance of different elements […]