Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Benjamin Libet, consciousness scientist

Reading ' Karmic Consciousness ' in ET. There was this reference to Dr.Benjamin Libet, who did a path breaking research in decision making and consciousness. Most of our impulsive actions are decided by unconsciously decided, he avers, and take place 10 milli seconds before we are ' aware' of it. He did ground breaking research on ' volitional acts' and ' readiness potential.

Here is is page in Wikipedia.


Benjamin Libet (April 12, 1916 - July 23, 2007) was a researcher in the physiology department of the University of California, San Francisco, and a pioneering scientist in the field of human consciousness. In 2003, he was the first recipient of the Virtual Nobel Prize in Psychology from the University of Klagenfurt, "for his pioneering achievements in the experimental investigation of consciousness, initiation of action, and free will".[1] In his acceptance speech, Libet summarized his life's research and highlighted his work on conscious volitional acts and the antedating of sensory awareness.

His page is very big on wikipedia. Needs to be read in leisure.

Dr. Robert W. Doty, professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Rochester:[15]
“ Benjamin Libet's discoveries are of extraordinary interest. His is almost the only approach yet to yield any credible evidence of how conscious awareness is produced by the brain. Libet's work is unique, and speaks to questions asked by all humankind. ”

Dr. Susan J. Blackmore, visiting lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol:[16]
“ Many philosophers and scientists have argued that free will is an illusion. Unlike all of them, Benjamin Libet found a way to test it.

(a) Short notes on his experiments and theory, in this page :


(b) His acceptance of virtual nobel prize and speech, here in this link.



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