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Consciousness Wars: Tononi-Koch versus Searle

Consciousness Wars: Tononi-Koch versus Searle | Cognitive Science | Scoop.it
Guilio Tononi has proposed a theory of consciousness he calls "Integrated Information Theory" (IIT)*. Very roughly, the theory is based on Shannon's concept of information, but extends this by addi...

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, March 19, 2013 2:02 AM

Do read the commnets too!

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The Scientific Riddle of Consciousness?

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When do babies become aware of their surroundings? New research suggests it happens when they are between five and fifteen months old, and that work may tell us something about ourselves.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, May 30, 2013 7:49 AM

Infant signatures of consiousness!

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Your Brain Online: A Review Of The Neuroscience MOOC from Coursera - moocnewsandreviews.com

Your Brain Online: A Review Of The Neuroscience MOOC from Coursera - moocnewsandreviews.com | Cognitive Science | Scoop.it
In Professor Idan Segev’s outstanding neuroscience MOOC , Synapses, Neurons and Brains on Coursera, students learn how electrical activity in a single nerve cell link to more sophisticated brain functions.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 4, 2013 1:32 PM

I have taken the course myself and can vouch for Idan's passion and excellence!

Wendi Pillars's curator insight, October 9, 2013 9:43 PM

Anyone tried this one?

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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science | Cognitive Science | Scoop.it

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:05 AM

Panpsychism with a modern revival and technical garb!

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Neuroscience and education: from research to practice? : Article : Nature Reviews Neuroscience

Neuroscience and education: from research to practice? : Article : Nature Reviews Neuroscience | Cognitive Science | Scoop.it

Cognitive neuroscience is making rapid strides in areas highly relevant to education. However, there is a gulf between current science and direct classroom applications. Most scientists would argue that filling the gulf is premature. Nevertheless, at present, teachers are at the receiving end of numerous 'brain-based learning' packages. Some of these contain alarming amounts of misinformation, yet such packages are being used in many schools. What, if anything, can neuroscientists do to help good neuroscience into education?


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PeterT's curator insight, March 20, 2014 1:11 PM

According to this article from 2006 much of what the author refers to as 'brain based industry' has told teachers can best be described as 'neuromyths' - it is not founded in neuroscientific 'fact'. Specific mention is made of Brain Gym and learning styles as being based on spurious scientific evidence. 

 

The article does suggest that there are things neuroscience can help educators with but that neuroscientists may not be the best people to communicate with teachers because they provide too much detail and not enough in the way of neat solutions.

 

I wonder how much neuroscience has progressed since 2006 - any pointers?

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Neuroscience thinks big (and collaboratively)

Despite cash-strapped times for research, several ambitious collaborative neuroscience projects have attracted large amounts of funding and media attention. In Europe, the Human Brain Project aims to develop a large-scale computer simulation of the brain, whereas in the United States, the Brain Activity Map is working towards establishing a functional connectome of the entire brain, and the Allen Institute for Brain Science has embarked upon a 10-year project to understand the mouse visual cortex (the MindScope project). US President Barack Obama's announcement of the BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative) in April 2013 highlights the political commitment to neuroscience and is expected to further foster interdisciplinary collaborations, accelerate the development of new technologies and thus fuel much needed medical advances. In this Viewpoint article, five prominent neuroscientists explain the aims of the projects and how they are addressing some of the questions (and criticisms) that have arisen. - by Kandel ER et al., Nature Reviews Neuroscience 14, 659–664 (2013) 


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Dr Paul Howard-Jones - Neuroscience, Games & Learning

Dr Paul Howard-Jones, a leading expert on the role of neuroscience in educational practice and policy with a particular interest in how gaming engages the br...

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Distinguishing Brain From Mind

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In coming years, neuroscience will answer questions we don't even yet know to ask. Sometimes, though, focus on the brain is misleading.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, May 31, 2013 7:45 AM

aptly said: "While the scans are dazzling and the technology an unqualified marvel, we can always keep our bearings by remembering that the brain and the mind are two different frameworks."

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A new way of thinking about how the brain works

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Mo Costandi: Modern neuroscience is based on the discovery of the neuron, but this is only half the story

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, August 12, 2013 1:10 PM

glia+neurons is the full picture

Joe Stafura's curator insight, August 12, 2013 5:39 PM

One of the interesting attributes of these complex organic systems is the increasing complexity the emerges under inspection. 

Miguel Garcia's curator insight, August 24, 2013 8:33 AM

Itsn´t new way, it is other way. I think so.

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The social brain and its superpowers: Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D. at TEDxStLouis

Neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman explains that through his studies he's learned that our kryptonite is ignoring the importance of our social superpowers and ...

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The Colorful Case of the Philosophical Zombie? - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

The Colorful Case of the Philosophical Zombie? - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | Cognitive Science | Scoop.it
The philosophical zombie, or p-zombie, is a hypothetical creature which is indistinguishable from a normal human, except that it has no conscious experienc

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 21, 2013 11:22 AM

An unusaul case of color blindsight

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Neuroscience and Learning

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leanDefinition of neuroscience: a branch (as neurophysiology) of science that deals with the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, or molecular biology of nerves and nervous tissue and especially their re...


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Anita Vance's curator insight, March 10, 2014 9:43 PM

this will give a few starting points for brain- based learning information.

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Neuroscience Study Identifies "Story Button" & What it Says About Brand/Human Love

Neuroscience Study Identifies "Story Button" & What it Says About Brand/Human Love | Cognitive Science | Scoop.it
Move over focus groups. Neuroscience-based research from Innocean seeks to uncover what people really like and seemingly reveals that, sometimes...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 13, 2014 12:48 PM

Hmmmmm -- here's some new research from neuroscience. The company Innocean wired up 8 people to measure their responses, asked them questions about brands, and then about people they love.


Guess what -- 3 of the 8 people showed more love for brands than people. Why? The brands had a stronger story attached to them. What does it mean? Their interpretation is that there is a story button in our brain.


OK -- hold on here. I've got some problems with this. I'm not a neuroscientist but some of this seems like a lot of over-reaching.


First of all -- 8 people is a very tiny sample. That 3 of the 8 had a certain experience does not mean much at all.  All the study points to is more questions. Like for the 3 people who loved their brands more than loved ones, are their relationships troubled? If so, that would naturally lead to mythologizing a watch. And is a watch a brand or simply an object evoking strong memories? Is the love for the Seattle Seahawks more about someone mythologizing their identity? And does that reflect at all on this person's love for his toddler? Ay yi yi -- I could go on.


And then to conclude there's a "story button" in the brain that is more like a switch to turn on and off is problematic for me also. We think in stories so narrative structure is much more imbedded in who we are than a pus button indicates.


So I remain highly skeptical about this study until A LOT more research is done. Read the article and tell me what you think.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Ivan Mercado Lorberg's curator insight, March 14, 2014 11:34 AM

¿Es posible "amar" o comprometerse con una marca en particular en un mundo tan poligámico como el de hoy enn día? Acá una respuesta Neurocientífica

Mervi Rauhala's curator insight, March 18, 2014 3:38 AM

Interesting study about how people "love "their favorite brands and icons even more than people. But there has to be a special story related to the product or brand, but but...The results could be also interpreted otherwise. Leaves lot of open questions.