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Having a self, even a simple self, allows you to look into the world and put a mark over what is more important and less…
Consciousness permits us to develop the instruments of culture – morality and justice, religion, art, economics and politics, science and technology. Those instruments allow us…
When we talk about emotion, we really talk about a collection of behaviors that are produced by the brain. You can look at a person…
Imagine, for example, birds. When they look out at the world, they have a sense that they are alive. If they are in pain, they…
To me, body and mind are different aspects of specific biological processes.
The problem that we, as living organisms, face – and not we only, humans, but any living organism faces – is the management of life.
Interestingly enough, not all feelings result from the body’s reaction to external stimuli. Sometimes changes are purely simulated in the brain maps.
I cannot listen to Beethoven or Mahler or Chopin or Bach when I write because those composers require you stop what you are doing and…
You still have only one self and one identity. However, self, identity and personality are not things, they are not objects, and they certainly are…
Of necessity, the autobiographical self is not just about one individual but about all the others that an individual interacts with. Of necessity, it incorporates…
In ‘Self Comes to Mind’ I pay a lot of attention to simple creatures without brains or minds, because those ‘cartooned abstractions of who we…
Why do we have a brain in the first place? Not to write books, articles, or plays; not to do science or play music. Brains…
For pure joy, I look at a small painting by Arbit Blatas. An ocean liner is at the center of the composition, perhaps ready to…
Writing long hand is the last refuge. One needs the time it takes to put pencil to paper and let it run along the ruled…
There is no such thing as a disembodied mind. The mind is implanted in the brain, and the brain is implanted in the body.
Rather than being a luxury, emotions are a very intelligent way of driving an organism toward certain outcomes.
We do not merely perceive objects and hold thoughts in our minds: all our perceptions and thought processes are felt. All have a distinctive component…
I got interested in the emotions after studying patients who had lost the ability to emote and feel under certain circumstances. Many of those patients…
Some of us, for better or worse, develop very stable, consistent, and largely predictable machineries of self. But in others, the self machinery is more…
Consciousness, much like our feelings, is based on a representation of the body and how it changes when reacting to certain stimuli. Self-image would be…
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