Sunday, February 11, 2007

Ramachandran, the Temporal Lobes & God


This weekend I watched a fascinating documentary about the work of neurologist Vilayanur Ramachandran. These two youtube clips are from the end of the documentary, when Ramachandran is discussing the case of a man with temporal lobe epilepsy, and the brain functioning that may account for his bizarre experiences. When people ask how I can be so sure about what I write, it is because the answers are so very simple. The god question is boring - there is no god. The consciousness question is interesting, but not really of great importance to most people. We find ourselves conscious and alive, we just need to deal with it - how brain activity and functioning results in the experience of being, is by-the-by. And one day we may even answer that question, though the details won't make any difference: knowing how the mind works doesn't make anything less pointless.