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Self-Consciousness and 'Split' Brains: The Minds' I

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2020.01.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Elizabeth Schechter, Self-Consciousness and 'Split' Brains: The Minds' I, Oxford University Press, 2018, 295pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198809654. Reviewed by Peter Godfrey-Smith, University of Sydney The "split-brain" phenomenon has engaged philosophical interest from around the late 1960s. In some cases of severe epilepsy, a cut is made in the tissue that connects the two hemispheres of the upper part of the brain, the cerebral cortex. This affords relief as it stops seizures spreading easily from one side to the other. (The operation is done far less often now, but is still performed occasionally, more often in children.) Initially, this appeared to be a procedure with few other effects on the patient. But in some experimental circumstances, it can appear that the operation has produced a situation where two minds are present in one body. Could that be true? Though the literature is now large and sophisticated,... Read More

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