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Friday, July 02, 2004

Phantoms in the Brain 

I never managed to get all the way through the book, but I did see the author speak while I was at Oberlin. And the topic of phantom limbs is such a fantastically strange and cool one that of course, I am interested. Also, in college, we did the 'rubber hand' experiment on ourselves: that is a damn creepy experience.

And research published today shows how some of those things work, in the brain: the premotor cortex seems to develop self-identification not by a separate process, but by synthesis of multi-modal sensory information.

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