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The neuronal platonist: Michael Gazzaniga in conversation with Shaun Gallagher

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Abstract:

[opening paragraph]: Psychology is dead. The self is a fiction invented by the brain. Brain plasticity isn't all it's cracked up to be. Our conscious learning is an observation post factum, a recollection of something already accomplished by the brain. We don't learn to speak; speech is generated when the brain is ready to say something. False memories are more prevalent than one might think, and they aren't all that bad. We think we're in charge of our lives, but actually we are not. On top of all this, the common belief that reading to a young child will make her brain more attuned to reading is simply untrue.

Keywords: Gallagher; Plasticity; free-will; narrative; self; split-brain

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 1998-05-01

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