Thursday, June 30, 2011

Science and Consciousness

"The Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona was formed in 1998 with a seed grant from the Fetzer Institute. The Center is a unique institution whose aim is to bring together the perspectives of philosophy, the cognitive sciences, neuroscience, the social sciences, medicine, and the physical sciences, the arts and humanities, to move toward an integrated understanding of human consciousness. The Center is unique in its broad spectrum approach. Other groups tend focus either on cognitive neuroscience, philosophy or purely phenomenal experiential approaches, whereas the Center not only integrates these areas, but "thinks outside the box" of conventional wisdom which has thus far, at least, failed to make significant breakthroughs. The Center has also inspired other groups such as the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and those who organize other conferences."

For those interested in the subject of consciousness, you might want to visit The Center for Consciousness Studies online. Another wonderful online source can be found here, a page which features a long list of fascinating videos of scientific discussions related to consciousness. 

Finally, to whet your appetite, head over to The Daily Grail, and listen to Dr. Stuart Hameroff discuss "quantum consciousness" and the afterlife.

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