Is the brain necessary for consciousness?

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  1. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    But is there any truth to it?
     
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  3. river

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    Why not ?
     
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  5. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Because everything points to the brain being required. The only contrary point we have Is the unsubstantiated claim in the OP.
     
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  7. river

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    Science, Volume 210, December 12, 1980
     
  8. Michael 345 Bali tonight Valued Senior Member

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    The original post may have well asked "Do we need a heart to have a heartbeat?"

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  9. river

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    No

    Irrelevant
     
  10. Bowser Right Here, Right Now Valued Senior Member

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    The ability to experience the world certainly is dependent on the brain, just as legs and feet are necessary to walk. I don't believe we would be conscious of the world without a brain.

    A curious video I watched talked about body activities after decapitation. I'm not certain I believe it, but it was a curiosity.
     
  11. river

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    Look for the most part the brain is where the soul resides .

    The curious thing is that in some cases the brain is not necessary .

    For me this is an example that the soul exists . The Universe is trying to tell us a truth .
     
  12. pluto2 Registered Senior Member

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    I don't really believe there is such a thing as a soul. I like to be proven wrong though but I don't think that's gonna happen.

    Some people were born so mentally retarded that on an scale they are not so much smarter than some animals. The scientific evidence shows that our brain controls our personality and intelligence and when our brain stops functioning, we just cease to be conscious of anything.
     
  13. river

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    The SOUL was never guaranteed intelligence .
     
  14. gamelord Registered Senior Member

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    The brain is required for MEMORY.

    It is like the sleep thing.
    Many people go to sleep, and when they wake up, feel like nothing happened, that they were dead, and the night did not exist.

    The night DID exist, they DID have dreams, only their waking mind cannot remember.

    This could be much the same as for death, after they die they could experience other lives or other brains, but simply, not REMEMBER.
     
  15. river

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    In past lives books there is a recessive knowledge of past lives .

    But why this knowledge is not passed on , is a puzzle .

    in the sense of being obvious .
     
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  16. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    In cases of hydrocephaly, like the ones described in the opening post, the brain is compressed by the fluid, but it is still there. The usual outcome is that the functioning of the brain is impaired, but this might not be true in all cases. Recent findings regarding neuroplasticity also suggest that brains have some capacity to adapt to altered circumstances.
     
  17. river

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    [QUOTE="James R, post: 3539889, member: 4402" ] In cases of hydrocephaly, like the ones described in the opening post, the brain is compressed by the fluid, but it is still there. The usual outcome is that the functioning of the brain is impaired, but this might not be true in all cases. Recent findings regarding neuroplasticity also suggest that brains have some capacity to adapt to altered circumstances.[/quote]

    what is your definition of " hydrocephaly " ?

    because your definition , does not jive with mine .
     
  18. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    This one will do:

    Also known as hydrocephalus, this is an abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles of the brain. The fluid is often under increased pressure and can compress and damage the brain.​

    How did you know, before I even gave you my definition?

    What's your definition?
     
  19. river

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    your definition of " hydrocephalus " I agree with
     
  20. river

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    what has this have to do with - brain - consciousness ?
     
  21. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Did you read the opening post?
     
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  23. gamelord Registered Senior Member

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    Claim: 1. Brain filled with 95% water, completely lucid.
    2. No brain, just a heap of pus, completely lucid.
    3. Broken Alzheimer Brain, completely lucid on last days.

    Counter Claim: 1. The brain was intact, just compressed.
    2. Unknown
    3. Unknown

    Resolution: Determine amount of brain.
     

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