new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

non-human consciousness

experts say it exists:


have you ever considered the consciousness, or unconsciousness, of your dog? well, a group of neuroscientists have been thinking on the subject pretty seriously, and it was announced last week that “humans are not the only conscious beings in the universe“.

earlier this month, some of the leading scientists from around the world congregated at the hotel du vin in cambridge to discuss the evidence that has amassed over the years. the experts reached a unanimous decision that animals – specifically mammals and birds – are in fact conscious beings. through advancements in brain imaging techniques such as fmri and eeg machines, the scientists concluded that animals show a sufficient degree of characteristics that indicate they are not as non-human as some had believed. the official decision was reached late into the night after the francis crick memorial conference on july 7th.


i always thought that consciousness in species is a matter of degree, or complexity, not kind. insisting that only humans are conscious is denying the gradient of evolution, or believing in something akin to the soul.


1 comment:

  1. mikespeir29/7/12 17:36

    Have you ever noticed that when a dog or cat wants your attention they'll look you in the eye?  They seem to recognize the "me-ness" in us, and that suggests they have some sense of their own.