Posted by: Brad | April 13, 2008

Famous Neuroscientist: Vilayunar Ramachandran

Ramachandran is a name of neuroscience that I have come across on more than one occasion reading on the net. I looked him up and found that some of his work has been fairly fascinating. Two things I want to share are his contributions to Edge and TED.

Edge: The Neurology of Self-Awareness – “What is the self? How does the activity of neurons give rise to the sense of being a conscious human being? Even this most ancient of philosophical problems, I believe, will yield to the methods of empirical science. It now seems increasingly likely that the self is not a holistic property of the entire brain; it arises from the activity of specific sets of interlinked brain circuits. But we need to know which circuits are critically involved and what their functions might be. It is the “turning inward” aspect of the self — its recursiveness — that gives it its peculiar paradoxical quality.”

TED: A Journey to the Center of Your Mind – “In a wide-ranging talk, Vilayanur Ramachandran explores how brain damage can reveal the connection between the internal structures of the brain and the corresponding functions of the mind. He talks about phantom limb pain, synesthesia (when people hear color or smell sounds), and the Capgras delusion, when brain-damaged people believe their closest friends and family have been replaced with imposters.”

BH

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