Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Rodolfo Llinás - Enter the "i of the vortex"

Reading Rodolfo Llinás is challenging - i of the vortex is dense and requires full attention to track his arguments. But it is also rewarding if you stick with it, even when it pokes at our (okay, "my") version of brain, mind, and identity.

The central premise of this book is that vertebrate species developed these marvelously complex brains purely to move the body around from place to place without bumping into things or getting eaten. How is that for reductionism?

Enter the "i of the vortex"

with neuroscientist Rodolfo Llinás

Date: April 17, 2007
Run Time:1 hours 12 minutes
Speakers: Rodolfo Llinás
DOWNLOAD Audio: 34.mp3
    Related Documents: Transcript.pdf

    Rodolfo Llinás, a founding father of modern brain science, is the Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience and Chairman of the Department of Physiology & Neuroscience at the New York University School of Medicine. He is co-editor with Patricia Smith Churchland of The Mind-Brain Continuum. His most recent book is i of the vortex: From Neurons to Self. He has published over 400 scientific articles.

    Books by Rodolfo Llinás:
    I of the Vortex: From Neurons to Self, 2002
    The Squid Giant Synapse: A Model for Chemical Transmission, 1999
    Mind-Brain Continuum: Sensory Processes, 1998 (edited, with Patricia Churchland)
    A few articles about Llinas:

    Here is a list of his publications - a contact email is included to request manuscripts.

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