Bird’s Eye: Are we governed by unconscious processes? Neuroscience believes so – but two experts offer different views in the Observer. We look at how some flavours work better together than others, take one more spin at the ballerina illusion, and then – for those who were hoping for Zombies – we have Jordu Schell, master model maker for such classics as Predator 2, Bride Of The Re-Animator, The Guyver, Puppetmaster 2, Avatar, The Mist, Hellboy et al. Scary stuff….
* Who’s In Charge – You Or Your Brain? David Eagleman and Raymond Tallis The Observer
David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas and bestselling author
It is clear at this point that we are irrevocably tied to the 3lb of strange computational material found within our skulls. The brain is utterly alien to us, and yet our personalities, hopes, fears and aspirations all depend on the integrity of this biological tissue. How do we know this? Because when the brain changes, we change. Our personality, decision-making, risk-aversion, the capacity to see colours or name animals – all these can change, in very specific ways, when the brain is altered by tumours, strokes, drugs, disease or trauma. As much as we like to think about the body and mind living separate existences, the mental is not separable from the physical.
Raymond Tallis, former professor of geriatric medicine at Manchester University and author
Yes, of course, everything about us, from the simplest sensation to the most elaborately constructed sense of self, requires a brain in some kind of working order. Remove your brain and bang goes your IQ. It does not follow that our brains are pretty well the whole story of us, nor that the best way to understand ourselves is to stare at “the neural substrate of which we are composed”.
This is because we are not stand-alone brains. We are part of community of minds, a human world, that is remote in many respects from what can be observed in brains. ….Trying to understand the community of minds in which we participate by imaging neural tissue is like trying to hear the whispering of woods by applying a stethoscope to an acorn.
* Taste Buds Data Visualizations Information is Beautiful
* Monster Brains Jordu Schell / Schell Sculpture Studios