Gerry Canavan

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Did Crick Find the Seat of the Soul?

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Move over, pituitary gland; Francis Crick’s last paper purports to explain the “neurological basis of human consciousness”:

Mechanistic explanations of consciousness are hard to come by because consciousness is so poorly understood. Indeed, it is one of the few unexplained phenomena that are genuinely mysterious rather than merely problematical. But Crick, together with his long-time collaborator Christof Koch, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, focused on a part of the mystery that seems tractable. This is the integrated nature of conscious sensation.

The part of the brain that caught the two researchers’ interest is the claustrum, a thin sheet of grey matter that lies concealed beneath part of the cortex (the outer covering of the brain that carries out the computations involved in seeing, hearing and language).

(Image via a Google Image search for “claustrum.” Article via GeekPress.)

Written by gerrycanavan

August 3, 2005 at 9:09 pm

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