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Why Consciousness Makes Our Heads Hurt

At the Centre for Neural Research at New York University, Joseph LeDoux has carried out impressive research on how traumatic memories are formed, stored, and retrieved in the brain. LeDoux is perhaps best known for his experiments on rats, which were trained to associate certain stimuli, like musical notes, with unpleasant sensations, like electric shocks.

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The Argument from Consciousness in Eight Quick Points

1) We cannot directly observe another creature’s consciousness, and we cannot measure or quantify conscious experiences. If we could describe every physical fact about a bat’s brain in every detail, we would still not have a description of what the bat experiences.

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