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In recent years, prenatal research has demonstrated that fetuses are far more sophisticated than previously thought, findings generally ignored by the medical and psychological establishment in part because the neurological structures traditionally associated with mentation were not believed to be functional. Recent research on memory suggests that consciousness may not be dependent on the central nervous system, or even on the body. Using each major theory of memory and neurological research to examine the prenatal data, this paper concludes that two sources of consciousness are present before and during birth constructing a single subjective experience of self.


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Jenny Wade, Ph.D.

Jenny Wade, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and the Associate Editor of this Journal. Send mail to: P. O. Box 571 Ross, CA 94957. Email: 103461.1463@compuserve.com