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Michael Egnor on Splitting the Brain and Staying You


If you lose all four of your limbs, are you still you? Most people would say yes. What if your brain were cut into two pieces? Would you still be you? Robert J. Marks and Dr. Michael Egnor discuss splitting the brain and the research of Roger Sperry.

Show Notes

  • 00:30 | Introducing Dr. Michael Egnor, Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • 01:45 | The research of Roger Sperry
  • 02:56 | Corpus callosotomy vs. frontal lobotomy
  • 04:06 | Splitting the brain
  • 05:28 | What happens when you split the brain?
  • 07:59 | Perceptual vs. intellectual abnormalities
  • 11:05 | Possibilities of other brain connections
  • 13:06 | How do the mind and the brain work together?
  • 14:05 | The materialist approach to Sperry’s results

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Michael Egnor on Splitting the Brain and Staying You