Ramachandran, Dr V S - The Atman
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Phantoms in the Brain – Dr V. S. Ramachandran [Professor and Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognition, University of California and visiting fellow All Souls College, Oxford]
What is the nature of the self? As someone who was brought up in India and raised in the Hindu tradition, I was taught that the concept of self – the 'I' within me that is aloof from the universe and engages in a lofty inspection of the world around me – is an illusion, a veil called maya.
The search for enlightenment, I was told, consists of lifting this veil and realising that you are really 'One with the cosmos'. Ironically, after extensive training in Western medicine and more than 15 years of research on neurological patients and visual illusions, I have come to realise that there is much truth to this view – that the notion of a single unified self 'inhabiting' the brain may indeed be an illusion.