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Can contemporary science tell us if Shepherd was right to think foetuses are capable of a consciousness of sorts?

Continuing from my previous blog, here I will explain some of what I have found out thus far in my research about the science of consciousness in general and how it applies to the possibility of foetuses having a type of consciousness.
What I find remarkable about Shepherd mentioning foetal consciousness back in the early 19th century, is that science today still doesn’t have a good grasp of what consciousness is, and even less so when it comes to foetuses. In the New Scientist published as recently as the 13th May 2017, Homes states that “We don’t even fully understand what consciousness is” and that the question of how it evolved and “what is it for?” has “Until recently, …. been largely ignored”1. So I think it is all the more fascinating that Shepherd doesn’t ignore the possibility of foetal consciousness back in the 19th century2. Homes3 tells us the latest shift of focus in science of consciousness is that scientific researchers have broadened their focus now by analysing the hi…

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