How a leading neuroscientist lost a 25 year bet on proving the brain produces consciousness

Gerald R. Baron
4 min readJun 29, 2023
Images: Wikipedia. Neuroscientist Christof Koch (left) and philosopher David Chalmers (right) made a bet in 1998 that by 2023 the neural basis for consciousness would be revealed. The loser just paid. (Koch image from 2008, Chalmers from 2011)

A leading neuroscientist lost a 25 year bet against a leading philosopher of consciousness. The bet: by 2023 the neural basis for consciousness would be found. The loser delivered a case of expensive wine but then upped the ante and asked for another 25 years.

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Gerald R. Baron

Dawdling at the intersection of faith, science, philosophy and theology.