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October 12, 2005

Phantoms in the Brain

(As if I have time for leisure reading, but when I do, Phantoms in the Brain : Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind looks like a winner.

It's definitely timely, as I wax and wane between what can only be empirically described as fantasy yet feels, phenomenologically, like a vision of the future. I know it's only a potential future, but I cannot shake the conviction that if I find the proper alignments it could come to pass. Could be a text book case of what neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran explores regarding hallucination? There is external stimula, which I don't think I'm misreading (that would be an illusion according to the Wikipedia definition) - empirically observed behavior. "A hallucination is a sensory perception experienced in the absence of an external stimulus..." seems more on target because the moments of perception (possibly an example of insight?) occur in spatial and temporal distance from the stimulus.

Posted by Steph at October 12, 2005 8:48 AM


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