Midnight In The Desert — consciousness

Did Religions Arise From Our Misunderstanding of Human Consciousness?

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Did Religions Arise From Our Misunderstanding of Human Consciousness?

Humans have been claiming to hear the voice of God for eons, but one psychologist's controversial theory disputes whether we ever heard it at all. Were people mistaking their own internal voices—their very consciousness — for an almighty deity? And if so, how did that shape the evolution of organized religion? And what does hearing the voice of God have to do with cognitive functions, mental memories and a bicameral mind? Recently popularized by HBO's "Westworld," the theory of a bicameral mind was written in 1976 by psychologist Julian Jaynes in his book "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown...

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A man regained consciousness after 15 years in a vegetative state.

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A man regained consciousness after 15 years in a vegetative state.

It’s difficult to agree on one definition of consciousness, so it’s confusing to read reports that someone who was in a coma for 15 years suddenly regained it. What does it mean to be aware of yourself and the world around you? If you pass out and then “regain consciousness,” it's clear that you woke up with many of the same abilities you had when you shut your eyes. But that’s not what happened to this patient. What did he regain? A case report out today in Current Biology tells of one man who had a car accident 15 years...

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Thu Aug 24 - Jill Hanson - Perception & Reality

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Thu Aug 24 - Jill Hanson - Perception & Reality

Website: qpsience.org JILL HANSON is an Ontocosmologist, Researcher, Writer, Educator, Global Talk Radio Host, and Founder of The Q.Psience Project. With a broad academic background spanning Anthropology, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Astrophysics, Fine Art and Contemplative Studies, Jill brings not only a strong interdisciplinary foundation and approach to the scientific exploration of the origins of Consciousness, Perception and the nature of Reality, but also an active, lifelong passion for the inquiries of science, the paranormal, subjective reality and truth - and the inherent relationships between these disciplined areas of inquiry. You can catch Jill and Guest(s) on The Q.Psience Project every...

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Brain zaps let minimally conscious people communicate for a week

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Brain zaps let minimally conscious people communicate for a week

People in a minimally conscious state have been “woken” for a whole week after a brief period of brain stimulation. The breakthrough suggests we may be on the verge of creating a device that can be used at home to help people with disorders of consciousness communicate with friends and family. People with severe brain trauma can fall into a coma. If they begin to show signs of arousal but not awareness, they are said to be in a vegetative state. If they then show fluctuating signs of awareness but cannot communicate, they are described as being minimally consciousness. In...

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A man who lives without 90% of his brain is challenging our concept of 'consciousness'

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A man who lives without 90% of his brain is challenging our concept of 'consciousness'

A French man who lives a relatively normal, healthy life - despite missing 90 percent of his brain - is causing scientists to rethink what it is from a biological perspective that makes us conscious. Despite decades of research, our understanding of consciousness - being aware of one's existence - is still pretty thin. We know that it's somehow based in the brain, but then how can someone lose the majority of their neurons and still be aware of themselves and their surroundings? First described in The Lancet in 2007, the case of the man with the missing brain has...

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