A case of shared consciousness

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Abstract

If we were to connect two individuals’ brains together, how would this affect the individuals’ conscious experiences? In particular, it is possible for two people to share any of their conscious experiences; to simultaneously enjoy some token experiences while remaining distinct subjects? The case of the Hogan twins—craniopagus conjoined twins whose brains are connected at the thalamus—seems to show that this can happen. I argue that while practical empirical methods cannot tell us directly whether or not the twins share conscious experiences, considerations about the locality of content processing in the brain entails that they most likely do so.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1019-1037
Number of pages19
JournalSynthese
Volume199
Issue number1-2
Early online date24 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Collective
  • Conscious unity
  • Consciousness
  • Group
  • Hogan twins
  • Neural connection
  • Neural correlates of consciousness
  • Sharing
  • Split-brains

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