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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 […]

Neuroscience Learns What Buddhism Has Always Known: “The Self” Isn’t Constant, But Always Changing

Neuroscience Learns What Buddhism Has Always Known: “The Self” Isn’t Constant, But Always Changing

Have you ever felt that mysticism and esoteric thought often contain universal truths that science catches up with centuries later? One idea that has recently been proven by neuroscience is the following: Change is the only constant in the universe, which means there is no such thing as a stable self. Mind bending stuff! There’s […]

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 […]