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[Neuroscience] Re: Combine neuroscience and computer science

KATHARINE LEAH DICKSON via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by kldickson from wisc.edu)
Wed Jan 28 07:22:56 EST 2009


Studying consciousness in neuroscience, I think, requires a knowledge of what consciousness actually is.  It's not impossible to study it - Giulio Tononi at my institution is doing some research related to sleep, and I think Tristan Bekinschtein at Cambridge is doing research on 'disorders of consciousness', but I don't know how you'd approach it from computational paths since much of 'consciousness' is colored by human emotions, which computers cannot simulate.

Katharine Leah Dickson
kldickson from wisc.edu

----- Original Message -----
From: "J.A.Legris" <jalegris from sympatico.ca>
Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 11:35 am
Subject: [Neuroscience] Re: Combine neuroscience and computer science
To: neur-sci from magpie.bio.indiana.edu


> On Jan 26, 8:33 am, davide <davide... from REMOVECAPITALhotmail.com> wrote:
>  > Hello everybody,
>  >
>  > I explain a bit the strange subject. By the way I am not sure this 
> is
>  > the right NG, apologies if it isn't.
>  >
>  > I have studied computer science for many years and very recently
>  > robotics but now for some reasons (I am not going to bore you with 
> them)
>  > I have realised that it is not what I really want to do. Now I am very
>  > interested in spirituality (humans and not machines) and in particular
>  > in consciousness. Neuroscience is directly related to it and also very
>  > fascinating. But I am not sure it's what I had in mind (at the 
> moment I
>  > am more interested in the spiritual side of consciousness but I have
>  > also started to read about neuroscience). Anyway, I did not want to
>  > waste many years of computer science and therefore I was looking 
> for a
>  > solution to put the two things together. That's why this post.
>  > So, is there a way to combine computer science and consciousness?
>  >
>  > I know this may sound a bit strange to you but if you have any idea,
>  > suggestion, comment, critic ..... I would really appreciate.
>  >
>  > Many thanks.
>  >
>  > Davide.
>  
>  You may have a point there, lumping consciousness in with
>  spirituality, because for the most part people who think they are
>  studying consciousness are actually just playing word games.
>  Neuroscience is something completely different - it is biology, with
>  no connections to computer science beyond those we find in other
>  fields of science.
>  
>  --
>  Joe
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