“Contemplating the mystery of our ‘selves’: Glimpses from neurological disorders ” by Aditi Kathpalia

In case of some higher neurological disorders, patient’s personhood becomes essentially involved, and the study of disease and that of identity cannot be disjoined. The study of such disorders can help shed light on the neural foundations of the ‘self’, the age-old problems of mind-brain as well as that of mind-body. These disorders, in turn, raise fundamental questions about the nature of our memories, the nature of knowing, body-image and above all subjective divine experiences and creative surges. In this talk, I will discuss some such neurological cases, the insights they offered to neuroscience and the questions they raised.

Abstract Excerpt from “The Reading Glass” fortnightly session of CSP on 26 April 2019, by Aditi Kathpalia