Paul Stonier

The Sum is Greater than the Whole

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Somehow, a collection of neurons, when working together as a system, provides is with the sensation of a self. This is quite similar to Daniel Dennett’s claim to the mind in which the mind is composed of a collection of billions of stupid homunculi performing such simple tasks that they don’t require any hierarchical figure guiding its actions. It’s extremely interesting and baffling trying to understand the metaphysical quest of defining ones’ self (whether it’s a feeling of identity or finding where the self/mind resides in relation to the body).Jonah Lehrer talks about this on his amazing blog: http://scienceblogs.com/cortex/2008/01/you_are_an_illusion.php and he talks with Debbie Millman about this on Design Matters:http://www.modavox.com/VoiceAmericaBusiness/