Understanding consciousness goes beyond exploring brain chemistry

Understanding consciousness goes beyond exploring brain chemistry

The science of consciousness has not lived up to expectations.

Over the summer, neuroscientist Christoph Koch admitted defeat in his 25-year-old bet with philosopher David Chalmers, a losing bet that the science of consciousness would now be dead. In September, more than 100 consciousness researchers signed a public letter denouncing one of the most popular theories of consciousness—integrated information theory—as pseudoscience. This in turn sparked strong reactions from Other researchers In the field. Despite decades of research, there is little evidence of consensus about consciousness, with many competing theories still in dispute.

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