http://www.ted.com Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.
Thanks to the work of a small group neuroscientists and theoretical physicists over the last few years, we may finally have found a way of analyzing the mysterious, metaphysical realm of consciousness in a scientific manner. The latest breakthrough in this new field, published by Max Tegmark of MIT, postulates that consciousness is actually a state of matter. “Just as there are many types of liquids, there are many types of consciousness,” he says. With this new model, Tegmark says […]
“No matter how closely you examine the water, glucose, and electrolyte salts in the human brain, you can’t find the point where these molecules became conscious.” ~ Deepak Chopra
Seeking to do what the Human Genome Project did for genetics, the race is now on to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity. In the United States, the Obama Administration recently announced its plan of a decade-long scientific study which will include federal agencies, private foundations and teams of neuroscientists and nanoscientists in a concerted effort to advance knowledge of the brain’s billions of neurons and thereby gain greater insights into perception, actions and, ultimately consciousness. […]