Split Brains | Can one brain host more than one consciousness?

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Re: Split Brains | Can one brain host more than one consciousness?

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The concept of split brains typically refers to cases where the corpus callosum, connecting the brain's hemispheres, is severed. While each hemisphere can function somewhat independently, there's no evidence supporting the idea that distinct consciousnesses exist within a single brain. Consciousness is complex and not fully understood, but current understanding suggests a unified experience within the brain.
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Re: Split Brains | Can one brain host more than one consciousness?

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the idea that the universe can be seen as a large brain with multiple personalities emphasizes a unified consciousness at a fundamental level. This aligns with the concept of the "Two Yous," where various manifestations, like different-aged versions or clones, are considered extensions of the same fundamental consciousness.

Ultimately, whether one brain can truly host independent consciousnesses is a matter of ongoing exploration in both neuroscience and philosophy. The discussion prompts contemplation on the nature of self, identity, and the potential complexities within the human mind. So, I think my answer is yes.
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Re: Split Brains | Can one brain host more than one consciousness?

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I think the brain can have more than one consciousness. But as in Dissociative Identity Disorder, only one can be active at a time and if both are present at the same time, the person will have mental problems. That is my opinion on the question.
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Re: Split Brains | Can one brain host more than one consciousness?

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There’s a very interesting episode of House where a man who has recently had surgery for epilepsy seems to have no control over his left arm, whose feelings and motivations seem to be different from the rest of him. The very experiment that you mentioned where words are shown on different sides of the person and are interpreted in different ways was shown in this episode. If anyone is interested, the episode is called “Both Sides Now” . This phenomenon is very interesting, not just in terms of how the brain works, but also in asking the sort of question you have asked here about consciousness.

We are aware that one consciousness can seem to be more than one. As you have said, we often argue with ourselves in dreams. It’s also interesting that the brain can both create and experience a dream for the first time simultaneously. I tend to think that consciousness is naturally able to compartmentalize itself to such an incredible degree; it can seem like two separate entities. In the case of dissociative identity disorder (and I’m not claiming to be a psychiatrist or an expert), doctors seem to think that a patient’s consciousness splinters in response to trauma as a way to protect itself. The consciousness creates personalities that can deal better with situations the person has trouble dealing with “on their own”. This doesn’t mean that another consciousness has been created, but rather that a single consciousness has adapted itself to deal with things. In the case of conjoined twins sharing a brain, however, they are obviously not sharing a single consciousness. That begs the question of where our consciousness comes from and how it is created.
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Re: Split Brains | Can one brain host more than one consciousness?

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Some argue that true consciousness involves a unified sense of self, raising questions about whether each hemisphere possesses its own form of awareness. Others contend that consciousness is inherently integrated, even if brain functions can operate somewhat independently.
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