Re: NEURO/HUMOR/PHIL: A neuroanatomy koan

From: Adrian Tymes (
Date: Tue Apr 11 2000 - 20:33:48 MDT

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> Koan:
> You know that when you see a book, you are truly seeing your visual
> cortex. You know that when you touch and hold a book, you are truly
> feeling your sensorimotor cortex. If you identify with your neurology,
> you will imagine that the feelings exist inside your head, in the back
> for the visual cortex, or along that center strip for sensorimotor
> cortex. You can feel it in your imagination: The book exists inside
> the visual cortex, which is *here* inside your head, and in the
> sensorimotor cortex, which is *there*.

Nice try, but it breaks down early on. You are "truly" seeing what your
visual cortex sees, not your visual cortex. You are not, in fact,
modeling your own brain - unless the object of your attention is, in
fact, your brain.

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