Re: hive mind

From: Tennessee Leeuwenburg (
Date: Wed Aug 02 2006 - 20:41:28 MDT

Nikhil Bhatla wrote:
>> My thinking had been more philosophical -- could two literal human
>> brains produce only one mind? It would be my thought that we don't
>> have the science to carefully design the nature of the link, but we
>> probably have (or nearly have) the science to create a physical link.
> I'm a newbie who's been lurking for the past couple of weeks. I
> figured now was a good time to say hello and share something relevant
> to the above point.
> I recently finished reading Penrose's "The Emperor's New Mind", and he
> mentions a split-brain subject who seems to manifest 2 consciounesses
> in one brain:
> "After the splitting operation, only the left hemisphere could speak
> but both hemispheres could comprehend speech; later the right
> hemisphere learned to speak also! Evidently both hemispheres were
> conscious. Moreover, they appeared to be separately conscious, because
> they had different likes and desires. For example, the left hemisphere
> described that its wish was to be a draughtsman and the right, a
> racing driver!"
Now that's exceptional. Nothing speaks further for the plasticity of the
brain. I would love to read the original research.


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