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Rival theories face off over brain's source of consciousness

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Science  18 Oct 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6463, pp. 293
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6463.293

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In a bid to end debates about the nature of consciousness, the Templeton World Charity Foundation, a nonprofit best known for funding research at the intersection of science and religion, is funding experiments that directly pit theories of consciousness against each other. The first phase of the $20 million project, launched this week at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago, Illinois, will compare two theories of consciousness by scanning the brains of participants during cleverly designed tests. Proponents of each theory have agreed to admit it is flawed if the outcomes go against them.

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