Has 3D Mapping Discovered the Seat of Consciousness?

Finding consciousness has been next to impossible and even decades of research still leave neuroscientists in the dark. There are many attempts to tackle the problem and some physicists suggested that consciousness or even soul can only be found in the quantum realm – being more or less an entangled equivalent of nature, a complex system that can only be understood by testing certain ideas to get specific results.

However, scientists love to map things these days and so far, mapping the brain has taught us a lot about compositions within our brains. A new method using 3d mapping techniques by incorporating 10,000 images could provide us fascinating answers. By digitally reconstructing the brain of mice, researchers were able to trace entire paths of up to three brain neurons, believed to be linked to consciousness.

“understanding the complexity of thoughts might need other kinds of reproducing it – Artificial Intelligence for example”

Tracing neurons via conventional brain mapping methods has been very time-consuming, invasive and more or less unscalable. But a new technique changed everything. A team led by Christof Koch, president of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, Washington, developed the innovative technique focused on claustrophobic neurons in mice. Koch explained his findings using his team’s 3-dimensional mapping method at a recent meeting of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative in Bethesda, Maryland.

And there are also skeptics like Rafael Yuste, a renowned neurobiologist from Columbia University in New York City himself. He spoke to Nature about the admirable method Koch is using, but also mentioned that we just cannot prove definitely that the claustrum is involved in consciousness.

Nonetheless, Koch will continue to map the claustrum on his quest to unravel the mystery where consciousness resides in our brain. Of course, you can try to pinpoint the ever-elusive consciousness using scientific, rational, testable methods, but understanding the complexity of thoughts might need other kinds of reproducing it – Artificial Intelligence for example.

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