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Background to the lectures

The background to these lectures was a series of articles by Professor Ramachandran for the Journal of Consciousness Studies. The Journal has kindly made these articles available.

Synapses and the Self
The Artful Brain
Purple Numbers and Sharp Cheese

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The Lectures

Lecture 1:
  • Phantoms in the Brain
    Lecture 2:
  • Synapses and the Self
    Lecture 3:
  • The Artful Brain
    Lecture 4:
  • Purple Numbers and Sharp Cheese
    Lecture 5:
  • Neuroscience - the New Philosophy

  • Glossary

    A collection of useful definitions, diagrams and dissections.

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