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Monday, February 06, 2006

Michael Gazzaniga - The Social Brain (2)

I was unable to find any image of the cover of this book online - which tells you something about it's age. The Social Brain came out in the 80s, and it proposed, based in Gazzaniga's own groundbreaking research on split brain patients, that the brain was a combined structure of separate and somewhat independent modules, and that the unfied mental life we seem to have is a constructed illusion rather than a controlling entity. The descriptions of the experiments are as amazing today as they must have been when they were first done, the speculative general part seems to vague to be either true or false, and the final chapter, in which Gazzaniga reverently interviews himself, instead of just saying what he wants to say, for no good reason, is slightly embarrasing.


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