Could Lab-Grown Brains Develop Consciousness?

Could Lab-Grown Brains Develop Consciousness?
Marina Bershteyn via AP

There's a very un-sexy view of consciousness: our rich, meaningful inner experience of self and other is nothing but electrical and chemical chattering inside our brains.

If you, like many scientists, subscribe to this theory, then a difficult question naturally follows: at what point does electro-chemical activity in dissected brain-like tissue become conscious? Yes, I'm talking about the classic sci-fi “brain in a vat” scenario; no, we are absolutely not there.

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