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Authors: Singer, Wolf
Title: The ongoing search for the neuronal correlate of consciousness
Online publication date: 1-Dec-2016
Language: english
Abstract: A few decades ago the search for the neuronal correlates of consciousness was considered both technically intractable and philosophically questionable. Searching for a material substrate of phenomena accessible only from the first-person perspective appeared to be epistemically problematic. But the development of non-invasive imaging technologies and the availability of intracranial recordings from patients alleviated the imminent technical problems. Progress in the analysis of the connectome of the brain, and the introduction of multisite recordings from the cerebral cortex of animals led to a revision of concepts in the field of cognitive neuroscience, emphasizing principles of distributed processing in recurrent networks with non-linear dynamics, self-organization, and coding in high-dimensional-state space. These advances, together with the growing evidence for epigenetic shaping of brain functions by socio-cultural influences, pave the way for novel theories that attempt to bridge the gap between neuronal processes and subjective states.
DDC: 100 Philosophie
100 Philosophy
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 05 Philosophie und Philologie
Place: Mainz
URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:77-publ-553443
Version: Published version
Publication type: Buchbeitrag
License: In Copyright
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Citation: Open MIND
Metzinger, Thomas
Pages or article number: Kap. 36(T)
Publisher: MIND Group
Publisher place: Frankfurt am Main
Issue date: 2015
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Publisher DOI: 10.15502/9783958570344
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