Doing Your Mind

Research, comments and musings about active minds.

November, 2009

Coma, Consciousness and Sensorimotor Scepticism

The BBC have an article and video about Rom Houben, a Belgian man who was misdiagnosed as being in a coma for 23 years, but for that entire time claims to have been normally conscious. Aaron Sloman has made the point on the PHILOS-L mailing list that this case challenges any sensorimotor theory of consciousness, […]

Representation in oscillations

I’ve just started reading György Buzsáki’s (2006) Rhythms of the Brain, which looks very promising. The book is an examination of the brain as a set of oscillators (at the neuron and neuron-group levels – he points out that there are many forms of periodicity in the brain and central nervous system that he was […]

Text creole?

Sunday morning, a couple of weeks ago, I was listening to a radio show in which they had a discussion about the communication skills of young people today. All of the discussants were men, none of them young, and were making fairly typical complaints about the inability of young people to express themselves clearly or […]