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Non-Human Consciousness Exists Say Experts. Now What? | Singularity Hub

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Earlier this month, some of the leading scientists from around the world congregated at the Hotel Du Vin in Cambridge to discuss the evidence that has amassed over the years. The experts reached a unanimous decision that animals – specifically mammals and birds – are in fact conscious beings. Through advancements in brain imaging techniques such as fMRI and EEG machines, the scientists concluded that animals show a sufficient degree of characteristics that indicate they are not as non-human as some had believed. The official decision was reached late into the night after the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on July 7th.

 

Organized by Philip Low, CEO of NeuroVigil and inventor of the iBrain, the group consisted of 25 of the planet’s top minds on the mind, including honorary guest Stephen Hawking. The scientists discerned the key differences in human and animal brains, mainly found in the frontal cortex, do not play a role in the phenomenon we associate with consciousness. The decision does not in any sense define what consciousness is, which will be a debate that continues to rage on. But moving forward, there are many consequences to this finding that will need to be addressed as we look to develop a more humane relationship with animals.


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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 28, 2012 6:18 AM
uou, this shakes a bit my structures
gregorylent's comment, July 28, 2012 12:44 PM
oh just fucking duh .. crikey, western scientists are sooooo retarded, apart from materiality
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Non-Human Consciousness Exists Say Experts. Now What? | Singularity Hub

Non-Human Consciousness Exists Say Experts. Now What? | Singularity Hub | Mind Candy  { interdimensionally } Cubed... It's SO yesterday to be a Square | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, some of the leading scientists from around the world congregated at the Hotel Du Vin in Cambridge to discuss the evidence that has amassed over the years. The experts reached a unanimous decision that animals – specifically mammals and birds – are in fact conscious beings. Through advancements in brain imaging techniques such as fMRI and EEG machines, the scientists concluded that animals show a sufficient degree of characteristics that indicate they are not as non-human as some had believed. The official decision was reached late into the night after the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on July 7th.

 

Organized by Philip Low, CEO of NeuroVigil and inventor of the iBrain, the group consisted of 25 of the planet’s top minds on the mind, including honorary guest Stephen Hawking. The scientists discerned the key differences in human and animal brains, mainly found in the frontal cortex, do not play a role in the phenomenon we associate with consciousness. The decision does not in any sense define what consciousness is, which will be a debate that continues to rage on. But moving forward, there are many consequences to this finding that will need to be addressed as we look to develop a more humane relationship with animals.


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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 28, 2012 6:18 AM
uou, this shakes a bit my structures
gregorylent's comment, July 28, 2012 12:44 PM
oh just fucking duh .. crikey, western scientists are sooooo retarded, apart from materiality
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Dark matter and Nerve Cells - the connecting threads

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Gravitational lensing reveals a dark matter filament predicted by theory. Simulations of the Universe on the largest scales show an unexpected resemblance to nerve cells in the human brain, with galaxy clusters playing the role of the cell body and thinner filaments of matter linking them like axons.


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Practicing music for only few years in childhood helps improve adult brain: research

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A little music training in childhood goes a long way in improving how the brain functions in adulthood when it comes to listening and the complex processing of sound, according to a new Northwestern University study.

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This much I know: Daniel Kahneman, the 78-year-old Nobel prize-winning psychologist

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The 78-year-old Nobel prize-winning psychologist on his pessimistic mother, the delusion of investment bankers and the need for irony.


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