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The Tell-Tale Brain by V.S. Ramachandran
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Jun 12, 12

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Lots of very interesting research is summarized here, and in a very readable style, but the author's arrogance - both personal and disciplinary - is often unpleasantly intrusive, and occasionally stunning. For example: "The search for the self [as an] area of study has traditionally been the preserve of philosophers, and it is fair to say that on the whole they haven't made a lot of progress (though not for want of effort; they have been at it for two thousand years)." (p. 248) The author demonstrates here a great ignorance of the history of philosophy (or very poor basic mathematical skills), as historians date the beginning of philosophy at least as early as 2500 B.C. (4500 years ago). Even the more common and narrow definition of philosophy in the Greco-Roman tradition began around the 6th century B.C.

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