MRI study of vegetative state patients showed the ability to
communicate by way of the MRI by way of yes and no answers. This
shows what some people have thought all along that at least some of
these patients still have a conscious existence but simply lack the
ability to break through and communicate. This vindicates the claims
of families that their vegetative state family member was showing
signs of responding to them. Signs such has these have normally been
dismissed by doctors as being nothing but reflect actions but this
study indicates that the families were right after all.
Now this does not qualify as proof of the existence of the sole, but these
results are what one would expect to see if the mined is separate
from the brain. In cases like these the brain may be largely gone
but the person is still there and can't reach out through their
damaged body. In such cases the person would be largely unresponsive
yet still might be capable making small actions like moving eyelids
that could be interpreted as reflexive.
Unfortunately the neuroscience statuesque is one of total
naturalism and so most neurologists would dismiss any reaction
of vegetative state patients as totally reflexive. One discovery
that goes against a naturalistic view is evidence that synaptic
quantum tunneling on demand that has a 1 in 10 million chance of
happening. This means that the mind has to be independent of
synaptic activity and capable of controlling it, suggesting the
existence of the sole.