Sunday, July 31, 2005

The Mechanism of Human Consciousness picked up an article from The Economist about a possible breakthrough in the search for the neural correlate of consciousness.

In his latest (and final) published paper, Francis Crick (the late co-discoverer of DNA) speculates that the neurological basis of human consciousness is the claustrum, a thin layer of gray matter with two-way connections to every region of the cortex. It is possible that the claustrum is responsible for processing all of the various inputs from different parts of the brain to create a "cohesive, conscious experience." If research demonstrates this conclusion to be true, it will unequivocally prove the Materialist view that consciousness is merely a product of a physical system, and therefore can be artificially reproduced by mechanical means.

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