The Cambridge declaration on consciousness

In the holistic worldview it is pretty evident that consciousness permeates everything in the universe.

In particular consciousness must be present in animals on our planet.

Now, despite being restricted by the limitations of the materialist worldview, a group of leading neuroscientists have managed to demonstrate that consciousness does exist in a large range of animals.

And they have signed the Cambridge declaration on consciousness, which states:

“We declare the following: The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Nonhuman animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates.”

The signing ceremony was held in Cambridge on 7th July 2012; it was attended by world renowned physicist Stephan Hawking.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christof-koch/consciousness-is-everywhere_b_1784047.html and http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/octopus-chronicles/2012/08/21/octopuses-gain-consciousness-according-to-scientists-declaration/

Fear not, keep watching the paradigm change.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

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