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Dr Alistair Brown | Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more


Susan Greenfield's ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century

Friday, June 24, 2011

I have just posted a review of Susan Greenfield's ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century. It is a strange and in some ways interesting book, not for the science it contains but for what it tells us about Greenfield herself. Her complaints about the impact of technology on society lead this leading neuroscientist to make a series of absurd hypotheses and unsubstantiated arguments. It amounts to a middle-aged grumble about the pace of social change, rather than a rigorous study of the neurological effects of technology.

The full review can be read here: ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century.


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