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Out of mind

I have long dreamed of tsunamis, although I grew up far from the ocean. The disaster seems to have stirred the ancient relics of our common humanity
Paul Broks  

Out of mind

Our minds are partly shaped by mimicry, which is why Phil makes me feel alert and Jeff leaves me empty — and why Tony Blair apes the way George W Bush walks
Paul Broks  

Out of mind

Throughout the stages of my life it is the occasional decorative detail I remember, not the "I" of subjective experience. In fact, I'm not unlike my amnesiac patient
Paul Broks  

Out of mind

Just as lightning has disabled my computer's motherboard, Sacha's brainstem is threatened by an angioma. Her brain surgeons are dabbling in both fate and science
Paul Broks  

Out of mind

Schizophrenics may embarrass us with their inner voices, but we all have one of our own, and it is essential to our sense of identity. It is our mental software
Paul Broks  

Out of mind

Self-recognition reflects a higher form of evolution than the ability to recognise others. Some of my patients see their own doubles. Tom can't recognise his own face
Paul Broks  

Out of mind

Julie is getting a Wada procedure, the alternate suppression of each hemisphere of her brain. In effect it turns her into two different people. Where does the self go?
Paul Broks