Consciousness as the only true emergence|
Aug 9, 2013, 9:41a - Consciousness
As a neuroscientist obsessed with consciousness, I've spent the past 6 years in grad school grappling with what my philosophical point-of-view should be on the topic. I just read a new favorite, William Seager's Natural Fabrications (2012), and it has motivated me to write my current thoughts on a whole host of philosophical topics related to consciousness.
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"Representation" in neuroscience
Aug 5, 2013, 12:19p - Science
The word "representation" is used pervasively in neuroscience. Here's an example:
"The neural activity in visual cortex represents the visual input received by the eyes."
I've found this word troubling since the very day I started grad school, and I had hoped that my troubles would abate as I learned more in the last 6 years. Alas, they have not, ... more »
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