Octopuses Get Emotional About Pain, Research Suggests

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The octopus is becoming a popular creature among neuroscientists. It is a very smart invertebrate with an unusually complex nervous system, organized in a fundamentally different way from that of, for example, mammals. Recently, a researcher has found the first strong evidence that octopuses feel pain, as opposed to merely reacting to it. There are … Read more

Researchers Can’t Explain: Memories Drift From Neuron to Neuron

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“Scientists are meant to know what’s going on, but in this particular case, we are deeply confused”, a recent article at The Atlantic begins. It’s about the way nervous system cells don’t simply lay down memories and keep them. The memories drift from neuron to neuron, quite contrary to textbook claims and traditional neuroscience assumptions: … Read more

Is It Safe to Revise the Standard for Legally Recognized Brain Death?

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Originally published on MercatorNet on May 28, 2021 by Nancy Valko I have been writing for many years about the implications of brain death, the lesser known “donation after cardiac/circulatory death”, diagnosed brain death cases like the supposedly “impossible” prolonged survival and maturation of Jahi McMath, and unexpected recoveries like Zack Dunlap’s. Some mothers declared “brain dead” were able to gestate their … Read more

We Are Now Informed: Consciousness Does Not Really Exist

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News June 6, 2021 Neuroscience, Philosophy of Mind Rubbish. Giving up consciousness as an illusion would be like turning off the master switch. What would the ensuing darkness and powerlessness tell us? News June 6, 2021 Neuroscience, Philosophy of Mind What you think is enabling you to listen with any attention to neuroscientists (your dog, … Read more

New Paper Provides Further Evidence for Free Will

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We all sense that free will is real. We know that we could have stopped ourselves from making some mistakes. For decades, some neuroscientists have claimed that free will is an illusion, based on some well-publicized experiments. Some recent research challenges that: Experiments spanning the 1960s and 1980s measured brain signals noninvasively and led many … Read more