Who’s in Charge Inside Your Head? – NYTimes.com

Posted: October 7, 2012 in cognition/consciousness

Maybe there is no one in charge — no independent, self-serving, order-issuing homunculus. Buddhists note that our skin doesn’t separate us from the environment, but joins us, just as biologists know that “we” are manipulated by, no less than manipulators of, the rest of life. Who is left after “you” are separated from your genes? Where does the rest of the world end, and each of us begin?

via Who’s in Charge Inside Your Head? – NYTimes.com.

//He also describes the fluke that induces ants to climb to the tip of grass blades to be eaten by sheep to get the fluke into its next phase of life, described by Dan Dennett in one of his TED talks.

Parasites as well as genes can alter our behavior, sometimes via altering our nervous systems.

David P. Barash is an evolutionary biologist and professor of psychology at the University of Washington and the author, most recently, of “Homo Mysterious: Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature.”

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s