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Who was the first person to propose the idea that consciousness arises from complexity?

The origin of consciousness has been a major scientific and philosophic debate since ever. Sometimes the origin is considered a philosophical issue, while others consider it a physics issue. Most ...
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When were brains seen as computers for the first time?

Let me state firstly that I don't think that the nervous system is a computer. Not down up, nor top down. On top of that, brains cannot truly be separated from the body. I am curious still. Who were ...
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When was nicotine identified as an addictive substance?

I was watching a TV series (Godless) which is set in the Wild West in 1884. At some point they sing Don't forget the girls of LaBelle, which includes the following verses: The Creole girl is a one-...
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When did the idea of thoughts occuring in the human head originate?

The early reference to the brain is found in Edwin Smith Papyrus The Edwin Smith Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian medical treatise written in the 17th century BC, contains the earliest recorded ...
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What is a vortex?

Both Descartes and Llinas use the term of vortex to illustrate their theories, but none of them does it really specifically, and none of them is mentioned in the Wikipedia article on vortices. Could ...
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Harm of nature vs nurture debate?

I'm taking a class in language acquisition called "Nature vs Nurture". I'm not particularly fond of that framing, because the divide seems overly dichotomous. In addition, the N-vs-N debate has been ...
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How and when did we discover the role of the brain?

Unlike other organs, such as the heart or intestines, it seems much harder to discern what the brain is doing in the human body. How did scientists figure out the brain was responsible for information ...
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Did Turing ideas make any impact on Psychology or Brain Science? Why?

Some authors, namely Daniel Dennett and Douglas Hofstadter, argue that anything capable of passing the Turing test is necessarily conscious (Hofstadter, D. R., & Dennett, D. C. (2006). The Mind's ...
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Did Walter Pitts refuse to allow his name to be made publicly available?

I read on the Wikipedia page on Walter Pitts that : Pitts was also described as an eccentric, refusing to allow his name to be made publicly available. He refused all offers of advanced ...
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Why did Norbert Wiener break off relations with Walter Pitts?

I read on the Wikipedia page on Walter Pitts that Norbert Wiener broke off relations with Walter Pitts, which "sent Walter Pitts into 'cognitive suicide'". Why did Norbert Wiener break off relations ...
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