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The Single Neuron Theory of Consciousness

Posted 26 Oct 2004 at 22:30 UTC by steve Share This

Most theories of consciouness these days are leaning toward the idea that the mind and consciousness result from the brain as a whole. Steven Sevush of University of Miami School of Medicine takes this idea down to the level of individual neurons in a 2002 paper, The Single Neuron Theory of Consciousness, just released online. Sevush believes "a single brain at any given moment harbors many separate conscious minds, each one assumed to be associated with the activity of a different individual neuron". He suggests that because all these "conscious beings" that reside in a single brain have very similar experiences, it feels like a single "stream of consciousness" to us instead of a "chorus of minds".

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