New theory to explain how consciousness evolved

by Michael Graziano Ever since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, evolution has been the grand unifying theory of biology. Yet one of our most important biological traits, consciousness, is rarely studied in the context of evolution. Theories of consciousness come from religion, from philosophy, from cognitive science, but not soContinue reading “New theory to explain how consciousness evolved”

Why you should believe in the digital afterlife

by Michael Graziano Imagine scanning your Grandma‚Äôs brain in sufficient detail to build a mental duplicate. When she passes away, the duplicate is turned on and lives in a simulated video-game universe, a digital Elysium complete with Bingo, TV soaps, and knitting needles to keep the simulacrum happy. You could talk to her by phoneContinue reading “Why you should believe in the digital afterlife”