Thursday, 30 May 2013

Mind-Body


As a child M. had been perplexed by the idea, half explained to him,  that the brain sends 'signals' to the limbs to make them move. For in his head he would issue a command, “Move arm!”, and yet the arm remained stationary. And when his arm did move it seemed to him that no command had been issued, or that the command and the movement were one and the same. He was forced to assume that the brain sent silent instructions without him knowing, instructions which happened without words, which meant that there was a kind of second person inside him operating the machinery.

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