The Necessary Illusion of the 'Self'

Writer Anil Ananthaswamy delves into the strange science of how the brain and body create the self. He explores whether modern knowledge of the brain can offer any clue about the origin or building blocks of the self. He visits patients whose unique stories break apart the common idea of the self: Those with Cotard's syndrome, who believe they don't exist; those with Alzheimer's disease, who don't quite remember who they are; those who see themselves from outside in an out-of-body experience, and those who don't feel they are quite whole unless they remove parts of their bodies.


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