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
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----- 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
> > 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
> > 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.
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