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Edge 291 - June 25, 2009

(5,525 words)


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By David M. Eagleman

"Your brain, after all, is encased in darkness and silence in the
vault of the skull. Its only contact with the outside world is via the
electrical signals exiting and entering along the super-highways of
nerve bundles. Because different types of sensory information
(hearing, seeing, touch, and so on) are processed at different speeds
by different neural architectures, your brain faces an enormous
challenge: what is the best story that can be constructed about the
outside world?"

DAVID M. EAGLEMAN is director of Baylor College of Medicine's
Laboratory for Perception and Action at Oxford University, whose
long-range goal is to understand the neural mechanisms of time
perception. He also directs BCM's Initiative on Law, Brains, and
Behavior, which seeks to determine how new discoveries in neuroscience
will change our laws and criminal justice system. He is the author of
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives..

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