May 28, 2011

A Conversation on the Neuroethics of Deep Brain Stimulation

In this webcast provided by the Dana Foundation, Drs. Philip Campbell, Joseph Fins, Jonathan Moreno and Helen Mayberg discussed the ethical considerations of using deep brain stimulation. The topics covered in this interesting discussion included surgical experimentation, consciousness, depression, technology and public policy. Dr. Judy Illes served as the moderator.

Click here for the webcast.

Click here for an edited transcript of the discussion.

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November 3, 2010

Charlie Rose: The Brain Series

The Charlie Rose Brain Series consists of interviews with some of the most knowledgeable scientists and researchers studying the human brain, including Drs. Eric Kandel and Oliver Sacks. Each monthly episode examines different subjects of the brain, including perception, social interaction, aging and creativity.

For more information, please check the Charlie Rose Brain Series website.

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March 30, 2006

Ramachandran interview

discussion & interview — thomasr @ 4:56 am

Sashi Kumar has a conversation with Professor V.S. Ramachandran, world-renowned explorer of the human brain, on neuroscience, philosophy, consciousness and beyond.

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March 2, 2006

Consciousness is overrated

discussion & interview — thomasr @ 3:32 pm

You should approach a big decision by gathering plenty of data, perhaps listing the pros and cons of each choice and then sleeping on it. That sleep period, or downtime, is the key, because it gives your unconscious mind a chance to process the data and produce the most rational choice.

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February 17, 2006

Meditation May Increase the Thickness of the Cortex

SCR Feature,discussion & interview — thomasr @ 6:02 pm
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January 19, 2006

How the body shapes the mind – An interview with Shaun Gallagher

SCR Feature,discussion & interview — thomasr @ 12:11 am
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January 18, 2006

Center for Naturalism February Newsletter

discussion & interview — thomasr @ 2:22 pm

The Center for Naturalism ( has sent out its February newsletter, which includes updates on events, articles and presentations, online resources and much more.

We bring here a snip of Dennett’s TW Clark’s article “Mind, unspecified”

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November 25, 2005

A Global Workspace perspective on mental disorders

discussion & interview — thomasr @ 9:34 am

Rodrcik Wallace has uploaded a manuscript to CogPrints


Recent developments in Global Workspace theory suggest that human consciousness can suffer interpenetrating dysfunctions of mutual and reciprocal interaction with embedding environments which will have early onset and often insidiously staged developmental progression, possibly according to a cancer model. A simple rate distortion argument implies that, if an external information source is pathogenic, then sufficient exposure to it is sure to write a sufficiently accurate image of it on mind and body in a punctuated manner so as to initiate or promote simililarly progressively punctuated developmental disorder.

There can, thus, be no simple, reductionist brain chemical ‘bug in the program’ whose ‘fix’ can fully correct the problem. On the contrary, the growth of an individual over the life course, and the inevitable contact with a toxic physical, social, or cultural environment, can be expected to initiate developmental problems which will become more intrusive over time, most obviously according to some damage accumulation model, but likely according to far more subtle, highly punctuated, schemes analogous to tumorigenesis.

The key intervention, at the population level, is clearly to limit such exposures, a question of proper environmental sanitation, in a large sense, a matter of social justice which has long been understood to be determined almost entirely by the interactions of cultural trajectory, group power relations, and economic structure, with public policy. Intervention at the individual level appears limited to triggering or extending periods of remission, as is the case with most cancers.


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July 11, 2005

Global Workspace Theory: An interview with Bernard Baars

SCR Feature,discussion & interview — thomasr @ 5:47 pm
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March 1, 2004


SCR Feature,discussion & interview — thomasr @ 9:15 pm
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