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the cost of i

October 22, 2009

[BBC] Self-awareness comes at a cost. Consciousness allows the brain to take part in mental time travel. You can think of yourself in the past and even project yourself into the future. And that is why Gallup believes that in later life chimpanzees prefer to lose their ability to conceive of themselves.

“The price you pay for being aware of your own existence is having to confront the inevitability of your own individual demise.

“Death awareness is the price we pay for self awareness.”

But what is it in the brain that makes us conscious? (read)

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