In this August 25, 2021 article for the MIT Technology Review, Russ Juskalian discusses efforts to find hidden signs of consciousness in patients who are unable to communicate due to severe brain injuries or conditions like locked-in syndrome. Researchers are exploring advanced technologies, including brain-computer interfaces and artificial intelligence, to detect signs of consciousness and facilitate communication with these patients. The article highlights the challenges and ethical considerations associated with this endeavor, emphasizing the importance of providing a voice for individuals who may be conscious but unable to express themselves through traditional means.
Editor’s Note: If consciousness resides in the brain, then how are brain-injured individuals able to exhibit consciousness? This article is proof that consciousness is not a mere function of the brain.
Note, however, that the article ignores this fact. Instead, it focused on treatment to help patients with “prolonged disorders of consciousness” to come back, referring to the world experienced by these patients as a “bodily prison”. What if it isn’t? What if after leaving the body, consciousness is able to reach an existence that is blissful?
Research on near-death experiences could offer a good indication of what these unreachable patients are experiencing, read RESEARCH SHOWS, NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES ARE REAL, NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR POST-MATERIALIST PSYCHOLOGY, DOES CONSCIOUSNESS CONTINUE AFTER DEATH?, SOME POSSIBILITIES FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE HUMAN RACE, IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? SEVERAL STUDIES SHOW THAT IT IS POSSIBLE, GARY SCHWARTZ: CONSCIOUSNESS CONTINUES AFTER DEATH].
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