What does it mean to be a human person?
Bioethics writer Virginia Hughes explores the complexities of trying to define personhood.
Deep inside, some “vegetative state” patients are aware
Canadian neuroscientists have detected conscious activity in a patient who has been in a “vegetative state” for 12 years
Landmark “vegetative state” paper challenged
US researchers have questioned the results of a landmark study in The Lancet from 2011 on awareness of “vegetative” patients.
Ariel Sharon may be conscious
The world’s most famous person in a permanent vegetative state is former Israeli Prime-Minister Ariel Sharon. He suffered a massive stroke seven years ago, and has been completely disabled ever since.
Is it better to be minimally conscious than vegetative?
The interesting question posed by two Oxford utilitarians, Dominic Wilkinson and Julian Savulescu in the Journal of Medical Ethics recently is this: “Is it better to be minimally conscious than vegetative?”
Consciousness still flickers in some “vegetative” patients
New study with astounding results
Belgian coma man wrongly diagnosed for 23 years
Debate over facts
Our brains are not us
Neuro-reductionism under attack
Mind-brain debate still open question
New book offers fresh hypothesis