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January 17, 2019 - Lankaweb

Leading neuroscientists and Buddhists agree: “Consciousness is everywhere”

Leading neuroscientists and Buddhists agree: “Consciousness is everywhere”
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In 2013, Koch, one of the world’s leading experts on consciousness, went to a monastery in India to discuss that question with a group of Buddhist monks. He and the Dalai Lama debated neuroscience and mind for a full day. 

They had different approaches. Koch offered contemporary scientific theories on the subject, and His Holiness countered with ancient Buddhist teachings. Yet, at the end of their discussion, the two thinkers agreed on almost every point. Christof Koch explains the neuroscientific view of consciousness to the Dalai Lama. 

What struck me most was his belief in what we in the West call ‘panpsychism’ — the belief that consciousness is everywhere,” says Koch. And that we have to reduce the suffering of all conscious creatures.”

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