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Articles by Arnold H. Modell:

The Sense of Agency and the Illusion of the Self

If one places phantom limbs within the context of the self, the phenomenology of phantom limbs, confronts us with some very interesting ontological questions regarding mental causation and the function of illusion. Phantom limbs do not exist in the physical world as they are unconsciously generated constructions of the mind/brain As phantom limbs are not in the physical world, we say that they are illusory. The self is also a construction of the mind/brain : the self does not extend into the physical world, and can also be described as an illusion.…

This post is in: Journal of Neuro-Aesthetic Theory #4 (2004),2. Displacements of the Imaginary and Virtual Schemata

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