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A call for comparing theories of consciousness and data sharing

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 March 2022

Sarah L. Eagleman
Affiliation:
Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA94304, USAsaraheagleman@stanford.edu; https://profiles.stanford.edu/sarah-eagleman
David M. Eagleman
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA94304, USAdavideagleman@stanford.edu; https://deagle.people.stanford.edu/ Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University, Stanford, CA94305, USA. menon@stanford.edu; https://profiles.stanford.edu/vinod-menonkmeador@stanford.edu; https://profiles.stanford.edu/kimford-meador
Vinod Menon
Affiliation:
Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA94304, USAsaraheagleman@stanford.edu; https://profiles.stanford.edu/sarah-eagleman Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA94304, USAdavideagleman@stanford.edu; https://deagle.people.stanford.edu/ Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University, Stanford, CA94305, USA. menon@stanford.edu; https://profiles.stanford.edu/vinod-menonkmeador@stanford.edu; https://profiles.stanford.edu/kimford-meador
Kimford J. Meador
Affiliation:
Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA94304, USAsaraheagleman@stanford.edu; https://profiles.stanford.edu/sarah-eagleman Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University, Stanford, CA94305, USA. menon@stanford.edu; https://profiles.stanford.edu/vinod-menonkmeador@stanford.edu; https://profiles.stanford.edu/kimford-meador

Abstract

Merker, Williford, and Rudrauf make several arguments against the integrated information theory of consciousness; whereas some have merit, their conclusion that the theory should be discarded is premature. Coming years promise advances in the empirical study of consciousness, and only after theories are independently tested with shared data can they be ruled in or out. We propose future research directions.

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Open Peer Commentary
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Copyright © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press

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