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Happiness Doesn’t Come in Bottles | Walter J. Freeman
We cannot know the world by direct experience of it [because] an individual brain can only know the little that it can handle through its own body. It turns out that this view is well known to philosophers. It is called solipsism. Many philosophers have been afraid that it is true, but they couldn’t prove it or disprove it. Now neurodynamicists have proven experimentally that it is true. […] Each brain is isolated from all others. No one can truly feel what another person is feeling, though we can empathize through shared experience. […] Where we humans find joy is in surmounting this solipsistic barrier between us and sharing our feelings and comforts. We cannot ever really cross it, but, a bit like neighbours chatting over a fence, we can be together.
psychology  medicine  philosophy  anthropology  inspirational  ! 
september 2009 by ap

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