Are there islands of awareness?

Bayne, Tim, Seth, Anil K and Massimini, Marcello (2020) Are there islands of awareness? Trends in Neurosciences, 43 (1). pp. 6-16. ISSN 0166-2236

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Ordinary human experience is embedded in a web of causal relations that link the brain to the body and the wider environment. However, there might be conditions in which brain activity supports consciousness even when that activity is fully causally isolated from the body and its environment. Such cases would involve what we call ‘islands of awareness’: conscious states that are neither shaped by sensory input nor able to be expressed by motor output. This paper considers conditions in which such islands might occur, including ex cranio brains, hemispherotomy, and in cerebral organoids. We examine possible methods for 2 detecting islands of awareness, and consider their implications for ethics and for the nature of consciousness.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0311 Consciousness. Cognition
Depositing User: Marianne Cole
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 08:24
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2020 14:45

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