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Single Idea 4922

[catalogued under 18. Thought / C. Content / 6. Broad Content]

Full Idea

We emphatically do not identify consciousness in its full range as arising solely in the brain, since we believe that higher brain functions require interactions both with the world and with other persons.

Gist of Idea

Consciousness involves interaction with persons and the world, as well as brain functions


G Edelman / G Tononi (Consciousness: matter becomes imagination [2000], Pref)

Book Reference

Edelman,G/Tononi,G: 'Consciousness: how matter becomes imagination' [Penguin 2000], p.-3

A Reaction

Would you gradually lose higher brain functions if you lived entirely alone? Intriguingly, this sounds like a neuroscientist asserting the necessity for broad content in order to understand the brain.