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Fruit Flies Have Rudiments of Thought

May 17, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Fruit flies have the rudiments of consciousness, according to a study published online in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Bruno van Swinderen and Ralph Greenspan of the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego presented flies with various images. The flies responded with a characteristic burst of brain activity.

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