How does the brain see? This important question turned out to be the theme of a curious cocktail party conversation between V. S. Ramachandran, eminent neurologist, and a young individual uninitiated into the subtleties of brain science. The young chap asked Ramachandran what he did for a living. The neurologist explained that his research interests lay in the study of vision, of how the brain perceives objects. The man seemed to be unimpressed. What is there to be studied in something as simple and spontaneous as seeing? Ramachandran asked how, according to this gentleman, brain saw?
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