"This, of course is the basis of much of Eastern philosophy, that is there is no real independent self, aloof from other human beings, inspecting the world, inspecting other people. You are in fact, connected not just via Facebook, and Internet, you're actually quite literally connected by your neurons. And there is whole chains of neurons around this room, talking to each other. And there is no real distinctiveness of your consciousness from somebody else's consciousness."
~ VS Ramachandran, from "The Neurons that Shaped Civilization," TED, November 2009
- VS Ramachandran on Your Mind TED, March 2007
- The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human by VS Ramachadran