Ramachandran on consciousness, mirror neurons & phantom limb sydrome

mind_article.jpgSeed has a short article by V.S. Ramachandran on the evolution of consciousness:

I suggest that a new set of brain structures evolved during hominid evolution, turning the output from more primitive sensory areas of the brain into what I call a “meta- representation.” I think they edited, enhanced and packaged sensory information into more manageable chunks, used for juggling symbols and language.

Ramachandran is director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego.

In the film below, Ramachandran discusses phantom limb sydrome, synaesthesia and mirror neurons. The lecture he gives in the film is one of 12 given at IBM’s Almaden Institute Conference on Cognitive Computing.  (‘Rama’ starts his talk about four-and-a-half minutes into the film.)


3 thoughts on “Ramachandran on consciousness, mirror neurons & phantom limb sydrome

  1. Get more of Ramachandran’s lectures at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2003/lecturer.shtml

    He was the 2003 lecturer for the annual Reith Lectures. He covers, Phantoms in the Brain, Synapses and the Self, the Artful Brain, and Neuroscience – the New Philosophy. You can listen to the lectures in Real Audio format or read the transcripts. Each of the lectures has question/answer sessions and one includes questions by Oxford professors Richard Dawkins and David Deutsch.

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