What is my body?

Body Swappers at Work

Body Swappers at Work

Body Swappers at Work

Body Swappers at Work

My favorite 18th century philosopher, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, defined his body as “That part of the world which I can change simply by thinking about it.”  Now experiments are underway to test this insight and replace it with a body of scientific laws.  Here is a paper about the results of one such experiment.  Thanks to BoingBoing for the link.

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4 Comments

  1. cymast

     /  December 4, 2008

    Freaky and Fun!

    But it makes sense, considering that most of the human brain is devoted to visual functions and visual applications.

    “Body-swapping” would be great therapy for those with physical disabilities. I wonder what the threshold is for looking like a humanoid, and if that threshold could be gradually removed, at least partially?

    I’m not sure, however, if Petkova and Ehrsson aren’t confusing self-awareness with consciousness.

  2. acilius

     /  December 4, 2008

    I’m sure there would be lots of practical applications.

  3. acilius

     /  December 4, 2008

    Can’t figure out that top picture- it shows up when I go to edit this post, and I can see it now. A moment ago it was a blank. Maybe it thinks it is the picture below, and vice versa.

  4. cymast

     /  December 5, 2008

    That makes sense.

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