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Ramachandran On The Mind/Body Problem

June 16, 2013

Excerpted from Phantoms in the Brain, by Vilayanur Ramachandran:

For centuries philosophers have assumed that this gap between brain and mind poses a deep epistemological problem – a barrier that simply cannot be crossed. But is this really true? I agree that the barrier hasn’t yet been crossed, but does it follow that it can never be crossed? I’d like to argue that there is in fact no such barrier, no great vertical divide in nature between mind and matter, substance and spirit. Indeed, I believe that this barrier is only apparent and that it arises as a result of language. This sort of obstacle emerges when there is any translation from one language to another.

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