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Synesthesia: What Does It Tell Us about the Emergence of Qualia, Metaphor, Abstract Thought, and Language?

V. S. Ramachandran and Edward M. Hubbard

in 23 Problems in Systems Neuroscience

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195148220
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864676 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148220.003.0022

Series: Computational Neuroscience Series

 Synesthesia: What Does It Tell Us about the Emergence of Qualia, Metaphor, Abstract Thought, and Language?

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This chapter proposes an approach to the problem of understanding the mind in a somewhat different way from the traditional ways used in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Instead of tackling the mind problem head-on, it approaches it by investigating phenomena that are robust and repeatable yet do not fit the big picture of cognitive science as currently understood. This approach is especially likely to be useful in cognitive science since it still is very much in its infancy. It was a commonly used—and immensely successful—strategy in the early days of physics and biology.

Keywords: mind problems; cognitive science; qualia; metaphor; language

Chapter.  18675 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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