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Aldous Huxley, Neuropsychiatry, and the Evolutionary Potential of the Human Brain
Transcript of Aldous Huxley, Neuropsychiatry, and the Evolutionary Potential of the Human Brain
Neuropsychiatry, and the
Evolutionary Potential of the Human Brain
Chris Rudge BA LLB PhD
University of Sydney
14th Annual Congress of Applied Psychology, Copenhagen, 1961.
Charles P. Blacker
It had all happened before, of course. Cutting holes in the skull was an immemorially ancient form of psychiatry. So was castration, as a cure for epilepsy. Continuing this grand old tradition, the Victorian doctors removed the ovaries of their hysterical patients and treated neurosis in young girls by the gruesome operation known to ethnologists as “female circumcision.”
Total awareness starts, in a word, with the realization of my ignorance and my impotence. How do electro-chemical events in my brain turn into the perception of a quartet by Haydn or a thought, let us say, of Joan of Arc? I haven't the faintest idea — nor has anyone else.
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