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Dr Engelman of the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla has a book out that takes consciousness at face value and as an evolutionary development. He combines lofty scientific accomplishment with intellectual openess in his positing of brain-based epistemology and consciousness. The race is still on.

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Read “Consciousness Explained”, by Daniel Dennett. It is a classic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consciousness_Explained And there are MANY other books on this topic. It is a bit unfair to say that “there is so much speculation and so little result.” There are two reasons this is a very, very difficult problem. The first is that it is very difficult to find a mechanism for consciousness if we can’t even define *what consciousness is*. We are the only consciousness we know, and can study. We can’t even be sure that consciousness isn’t just some illusion that an intelligent brain manufactures about itself. So if… Read more »

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If anybody actually knew the answer to this one, they’d be busy publishing a scientific paper and getting ready to receive their Nobel Prize for Medicine, not posting on Yahoo Answers.

Sorry – nobody’s figured this one out yet.

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Sosgez of no potatoes

It could just be a delusion of course.