Summary

A summary of the article in Scientific American.

What Is Consciousness?

The article focuses mostly on physical footprints of consciousness, less on philosophical discussions about it.

This footprint is the neuronal correlates of consciousness (NCC), or ‘the minimal neuronal mechanisms jointly sufficient for any specific conscious experience’. What should happen in order to make a person to experience e.g. toothache? How does this ‘something’ manifest itself, e.g. nerve cells vibrate at some frequency, some dedicated neurons should be activated?

We know that some important organs likely don’t ‘create’ consciousness:

  • Damage to the spinal cord may leave a person paralysed in legs, arms and torso, unable to control their bowel and bladder, but this person is still…

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Peter Zhegin

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