Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief

Buddhism and neuroscience are alike in some ways, says Evan Thompson, a philosophy of mind professor at UBC. “Buddhists argue that nothing is constant, everything changes through time, you have a constantly changing stream of consciousness,” Thompson said. “And from a neuroscience perspective, the brain and body is constantly in flux.” Thompson adds that there may be scientific evidence that, as Buddhists believe, cognitive faculties can be trained through meditation, and that we remain conscious even in deep sleep.

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