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Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind

Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind - V.S. Ramachandran, Sandra Blakeslee, Oliver Sacks The experiments Ramachandran designed to investigate the phantom limb phenomenon (experienced by some people following an amputation) are ingenious and elegant and can fairly be said to have advanced our understanding of how proprioception (our awareness of our body in space) is organised in the human brain. Further experiments on the blind spot are also interesting, but Ramachandran allows himself to be led into speculation about what all this might mean for a theory of mind (mainly to expand the material to a publishable length). I can speculate too - I prefer hard facts in a book of this kind.