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NIH Record  
Vol. LVII, No. 9
May 6, 2005
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Studies of Consciousness Reawakening, Panel Reports
  Dr. Patricia Churchland
For many decades considered too obvious, or mysterious, to be studied scientifically, the notion of human consciousness and how it is generated is once again under the microscope, reported a panel of experts convened for a Mar. 22 STEP Science for All session on "Consciousness: How Does the Brain Create Mind?"

The scientists were not all of one mind (heck, the mind itself might not be all of one mind), but a consensus emerged that, in the words of philosopher Dr. Patricia Churchland, "It looks very likely that what we consider mental phenomena is actually brain phenomena.There is no mind-independent substance, just the physical brain" that is responsible for consciousness. "It's not 100 percent certain, but highly probable."

Patients, Staff Celebrate CRC Move-In
  During move-in day Apr. 2, Erias Hyman cuts the ribbon on a newly occupied patient care unit of the CRC.
The lobby of the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center was relatively still on Saturday morning, Apr. 2. A few people lingered at the cafĂ© tables by the fountain, while others quietly prepared for the day ahead — wiping countertops, sweeping hallways and turning on computers. The calm was soon broken by the sound of wheels rolling across tile floors somewhere in the south end of the first floor. It echoed through the CC lobby. “The patient is on his way,” someone hollered over a radio.