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The Battle For Time In The Brain

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This chapter discusses about a continuing battle for control within the brain. The landscape of this conflict is time. The chapter focuses on some fundamental paradoxes and conundrums in basic behavioral phenomena such as sleep and memory. All living organisms possess both spatial and temporal extent, a vital survival requirement is that they be able to distinguish self from non-self. An alternative to the idea of harmony that can perhaps be illustrated through consideration of a classic issue in perceptual psychology that is generally known as the 'Molyneux' problem. The chapter examines the gross morphology of the human brain. The structure at the base of the brain is the brain stem. The structure that surmounts the brain stem is the limbic system. The structure that is super-imposed on the limbic system is the neo-cortex.

Keywords: 'Molyneux' problem; battle; human brain; limbic system; memory; neo-cortex; sleep; time



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