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Tuesday, 03 April 2007



Check out the experiments by Ramachandran on body schema and getting people to sense a 'phantom nose'. It seems the brain is hardwired to treat any synchronous input as related and causal. I don't think there's anything special about people learning to use their inbuilt 'natural' senses - the developing brain must learn to use them in exactly the same way as artificial senses are learned.

We are probably primed to handle some of them (like sight and sound), but the brain will work with whatever input it gets, regardless of whether it's from an 'artificial' source. To the brain, your cochlea is just as external as a hearing aid or a North belt.

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