This is part freaky in the sense that these experiments could actually become conscious.., and part exciting for the same reason.
Using stem cells scientists have grown mini brains in a dish that after a few months spontaneously started to produce brainwave patterns in line with what would be seen in a premature baby.
Have they just created an organic brain capable of eventually gaining consciousness and awareness?
With credit to the scientists they are aware of not wanting to go that far but the implications are impressive.
What a thought!