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)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalSynthese
VolumeNeuroscience and Its Philosophy
Early online date24 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jun 2020

Keywords

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

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