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Why Consciousness Science?

 



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Posted June 30, 2012 by Bernard Baars, PhD

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he study of consciousness is emerging from a century of scientific taboo. Even today, academics debate whether it is a legitimate topic for study. We suggest it is the key to respect for sentient beings and our shared humanity.

Centuries of wisdom traditions place human consciousness at the center of life. Scientific literature now shows thousands of new findings. New journals, organizations and annual conferences have formed. Major medical discoveries are emerging today. Neuroscience, psychology, and education are embracing the study of human consciousness again. But the new mind-brain sciences still lack an institutional base. There is virtually no college curriculum, and the field lacks public visibility. Many scientists, teachers and students still work in isolation. Funding and support is fragmented.

Better communication in science and education can have vast ripple effects for advancing creativity, innovation, entrepreneurialism and humanity.

Better communication in science and education can have vast ripple effects for advancing creativity, innovation, entrepreneurialism and humanity. Together, we can help media evolve as a constructive instrument for fundamental growth and change.

Consciousness is the bridge!

 

 

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Bernard Baars, PhD

 
Co-founder + CEO of mbSci, Bernard J. Baars, PhD is a former Senior Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, CA., and is currently an Affiliated Fellow there. He is best known as the originator of the global workspace theory, a theory of human cognitive architecture and consciousness widely cited in philosophical & scientific sources.


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