When Does Consciousness Arise in Human Babies?
Koch (Christof)
Source: Scientific American Mind, September 1, 2009
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  1. This article was referenced in "Kazez (Jean) - The Philosophical Parent: Asking the Hard Questions About Having and Raising Children", Chapter 5: “In the Beginning: What's going on in there?”
  2. The initial paragraph makes it sound as though the author is about to say something radically upsetting, but he does no such thing.
  3. The article basically says that the fetus1 spends its time under sedation in an anaesthetised asleep2, alternating between REM sleep3 and slow-wave sleep4, but that it probably doesn’t dream as it has nothing to dream about.
  4. However, it wakes up with a shock at birth and the anaesthesia disappears once the placenta is detached.
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