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The Enigma of Human Consciousness

A Huffington Post reporter shares his notes on a panel discussion featuring David Chalmers (NYU/ANU), Daniel Kahneman (psychology and public affairs, Princeton), Laurie Santos (psychology, Yale), and Nicholas Schiff (a neurologist).

Chalmers: Right now all we can do is match brain states to behavior and to reported experience. Currently consciousness studies is a science of correlation, not explanation. [To me, this was the comment of the night. I also think consciousness studies will always be a science of correlation. Later there was an interesting digression on whether all science, even physics, was a science of correlation, and whether having enough correlations counts as an explanation.]

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