Hunter Spanjer, is deaf and three and a half years old, he “says” his name with a certain special hand gesture but he may have to change it because he’s violating “Weapons in Schools” Board Policy 8470 of of Grand Island, which forbids resembling a weapon.
A patient exhibited a strong sense of self-awareness despite missing portions of the brain considered essential to consciousness. Previous studies had suggested that three regions – the insular cortex, anterior cingulate cortex and medial prefrontal cortex – to be critical for self-awareness.” Following a viral infection, however, the patient lost essential portions of these regions yet retained the ability to identify himself in photographs and pass the tickle test, a self-awareness test based on the observation that you can’t tickle yourself. Scientists have attempted to locate the base of consciousness in specific regions of the brain, thereby reducing consciousness, which we experience as immaterial, to well-defined material origins. But consciousness appears to be more flexible than theories of the mind would allow. According a study of the University of Iowa, self-awareness involves “layers of abstraction and mechanisms that cannot be explained by standard functional-neuroanatomy.” Our tendency thus far, he says, has been to oversimplify the relationship between the brain and the mind.
“It seems to me that every sad things always contain an element of the comical.” ― Haruki Murakami.