Cerebral Laterality: Rube Goldberg at the Bauhaus?

  • John C. Marshall
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What could be simpler than a dichotomy? A whole, obviously. Or as Pierre Flourens put it, quoting Rene Descartes and attacking Franz-Joseph Gall:

“I remark here… that there is a great difference between the mind and the body, in that the body is, by its nature, always divisible, and the mind wholly indivisible. For, in fact, when I contemplate it -that is, when I contemplate my own self — and consider myself as a thing that thinks, I cannot discover in myself any parts, but that I clearly know that I am a thing absolutely one and complete” (Young, 1970, p.72).

O happy days! Today, of course, wholes are out. Even the most committed of dualists (e.g. Eccles, 1985) know that the brain is the organ of mind, and that the brain, like it or not, is not a unitary organ, either anatomically, physiologically, or functionally. for Eccles, the immaterial will can act only via the supplementary motor area, not via the occipital lobes, for example.


Left Hemisphere Autobiographical Memory Hemispheric Specialization Cerebral Dominance Cerebral Laterality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Marshall
    • 1
  1. 1.Neuropsychology UnitThe Radcliffe InfirmaryOxfordUK

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