V.S. Ramachandran is a leading neuroscientist, sometimes called the neuroscientist’s neuroscientist , the Marco Polo of neuroscience… You likely know his colleagues as bamboozling brain boffins who spend their days creating neuroporn – those fascinating images of your brain that seemingly justify spending all that money on neuroimaging toys.
Ramachandran you will know by his simple, curious. and very human, approach. His work with a cardboard box and three dollar mirror unlocked the mystery of phantom limbs and if you missed that story you can find it dramatised for effect in it an episode of “House”.
This is quote from his book The Tell-Tale Brain: A neuroscientist’s quest for what makes us human.
“Indeed, the line between perceiving and hallucinating is not as crisp as we like to think.
In a sense, when we look at the world, we are hallucinating all the time.
One could almost regard perception as the act of choosing the one hallucination that best fits the incoming data.”
- Phantoms in the Brain – Book Review (youngindian.in)