Simon Lewis: Don’t take consciousness for granted

Simon Lewis: Don't take consciousness for granted After a catastrophic car accident that left him in a coma, Simon Lewis found ways to recover — physically and mentally — beyond all expectations. At the INK Conference he tells how this remarkable story led him to concern over all threats to consciousness, and how to overcome them.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at http
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21 Responses to Simon Lewis: Don’t take consciousness for granted

  1. sfiannacone says:

    This man is confusing consciousness with cognition. Primitive man did not create consciousness by eating bone marrow. He developed the ability to think by doing so. Consciousness is here whether we are thinking or not. Consciousness is life itself.

  2. Bonnie Broad says:

    6:34 “the average teenager sends 3300 texts…everyday.” whoa.

  3. termi892 says:

    5:55 “computer addiction”. Riiiiiiiiiiiight

  4. MobRulesNow says:

    He is lucky he could afford medical insurance.

  5. kromeclutch says:

    He kinda stuttered at that number.. Wonder if he meant to say 330 texts, lol.

  6. ReturnToTheCaves says:

    that is not right you see. The man said he works in the television and he has no medical degree or something like that. SO this minor mistakes are mistakes everyone would make. Furthermore some of things he said were his personal experiences during his coma and recovery time, so saying that you cant believe him because he does not know how PET operates is stupid and out of place.And the fact that he is there standing after what he gone trough is more than a reason to listen to him.

  7. theSHITIFYRE says:

    Bluexephos ?

  8. hilmir says:

    You don’t believe that the eye is the main attribute to conciousness? I suggest painting two huge eyes on to your bedroom wall, and phsyically will yourself not to freak out when you walk in, or wake up and forget that they are there. You will be amazed to find that hard-wired in us through millenia of evolution, that the eye is the one thing we connect to a “mind”. I just did a year long research and design project on the eye, so it is what it is.

  9. bitturiju says:

    did he just sat that an average teenager sends 3300 texts?

  10. ElectronicCalifornia says:

    Professor Slughorn, i finished brewing one bottle of Felix Felicis potio-. Oh, sorry, excuse me..

  11. heartshapedglassesx3 says:

    There are a lot of generalizations and incorrect statements in this…

  12. ert00034 says:

    I couldn’t listen to him any longer after he said “the average teenager sends 3300 texts a day”…

  13. Nuhopoclik1 says:

    This is only for the rich… :(

  14. CymroGoch says:

    The average teenager sends 3,300 texts a day? Bollocks.

  15. Trevor Sales says:

    the guy had his brain put and a blender and poured back in his skull in a car accident then rebuilt his brain from non functional to fairly eloquent are you complaining about a mispronounced name. You would complain if a wizard waived a wand curing all disease in the world but you didn’t like the color robe he was wearing

  16. filmguy1111 says:

    To correct you, I show a clearly labelled SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) not a PET. There is a description of SPECT in the Glossary of my book Rise and Shine and accompanying narrative when I undergo one. Also, I state that there are no nerves “on” the teeth, i.e. on their surface which is accurate. There are many nerves” in” teeth, hence anesthetic is necessary for root canals, but not on their outer surface. Hope this is useful. simon

  17. antoshahorosha says:


  18. Tolstoievsky says:

    use of the word “addiction” is very dangerous, because then it becomes pathological, you then have to be institutionalized and/or drugged to be treated, i don’t think this should apply to any form of computer use, no matter how obsessive it is.

  19. lirothen says:

    6:35 Where the HELL are you getting your stats?! I know no one who sends that much! to put that in perspective, that’s 3300/18 hours (awake) / 60 minutes = 3 texts per minute nonstop every minute of your waking day. I HIGHLY disbelieve thats an average. (This is where i stopped watching the video…)

  20. owenkilleen says:

    sadness is one part of it, as is anger, etc, but it definitely is not a disease, it’s more a coping mechanism for feelings.

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