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September 1978

The Self and Its Brain: An Argument for Interactionism

Arch Neurol. 1978;35(9):621. doi:10.1001/archneur.1978.00500330069024

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In this unusual book, two of the most remarkable figures of the twentieth century have come together to defend ideas that many of their contemporaries would regard as outmoded as the antimacassar or the two-hour sermon. The reader who is prepared to take on the task of finding his way through the intricacies of the arguments and, at times, the opacity of the language, will discover that Popper and Eccles have adopted a philosophical posture that most modern philosophers and scientists would place in the same category as a belief in rain gods or special creation. We have become so accustomed to the casual rejection of psychophysical dualism that suddenly to confront it in live print may give one the feeling of a character in a Borges story that he has heard it all before—several centuries ago.

This book cannot, however, be dismissed casually. The authors in fact take the

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