The ubiquity of consciousness

EMBO Rep. 2011 Dec 1;12(12):1221-5. doi: 10.1038/embor.2011.218.

Abstract

Our definitions of consciousness and intelligence are largely anthropocentric, potentially skewing research. In fact, consciousness in its many forms could well be ubiquitous, even down to the simplest of organisms.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacteria / metabolism
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology
  • Birds / physiology
  • Consciousness / physiology*
  • Hominidae / physiology
  • Humans
  • Insecta / physiology
  • Intelligence
  • Learning / physiology
  • Plants / metabolism
  • Problem Solving
  • Signal Transduction