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Risky business

A new article in the latest issue of the PNAS entitled “Predicting risky choices from brain activity patterns“ (h/t to Shannon Selin). This study reminds me of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky’s work: Prospect theory concerns the psychophysics of wealth utility: that is, the perceived tradeoffs between potential outcomes and the probability of some outcome occurring. Kahneman…

The Consciousness Chronicles

Check out Nick Day’s documentary recorded at the annual Toward a Science of Consciousness conference. Artificial intelligenceBuddhismCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceconsciousnessEmbodied cognitionExtended MindneuroscienceNick Dayphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindPhilosophy of scienceQuantum mechanicsRoger PenroseRupert Sheldrake

Can science ever explain consciousness?

Anil Seth, Chris Frith and Barry Smith (of Birkbeck, not Buffalo!) outline the topography in a podcast. Anil SethBarry SmithChris FrithCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive sciencecomplexityconsciousnessEmbodied cognitionMagnetic resonance imagingneurosciencePhilosophy of mindqualia

Music of the Hemispheres

Check out philosopher Dan Lloyd’s film project. On the film site there are several videos of different brain states worth watching. Dan is, of course, no stranger to using other modalities to communicate his thoughts on consciousness – his book Radiant Cool is a classic in the genre. Inside each of us, at every moment, a symphony…