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Consciousness, Anesthesia, Coma, Vegetative States, Sleep Pills (Ambien), Ketamine, AI | Alex Proekt

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

About the Guest: Dr. Alex Proekt is an anesthesiologist and professor of neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.

Episode Summary: Nick Jikomes talks to neuroscientist & anesthesiologist Alex Proekt, MD, PhD about altered states of consciousness. They discuss: NREM & REM sleep, anesthesia & anesthetic drugs like propofol; coma & vegetative states; sleeping pills like Ambien; the relationship between consciousness & the underlying brain dynamics; how ketamine differs from other anesthetics & what it does to brain activity; AI & ChatGPT.

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