How might we understand entanglements of the mind, brain, body and world? And how can we develop creative forms of experimentation to enact these entanglements?

In this unique contribution, Blackman focuses upon the affective capacities of bodies, human and non-human as well as addressing the challenges of the affective turn within social sciences. Fresh and convincing, this book uncovers the paradoxes and tensions in work in affect studies by focusing on practices and experiences, including voice hearing, suggestion, hypnosis, telepathy, the placebo effect, rhythm and related phenomena. Questioning the traditional idea of mind over matter, as well as discussing the danger of setting up a false distinction between the two, this book makes for an invaluable addition within cultural theory and the recent turn to affect.

In a powerful and engaging matter, Blackman discusses the immaterial body across the neurosciences, physiology, media and cultural studies, body-studies, artwork, performance, psychology and psychoanalysis. Interdisciplinary in its core, this book is a must for everyone seeking a dynamic and thought provoking analysis of culture and communication today.

Neuroscience: The Bicameral Mind and the Double Brain

Neuroscience: The Bicameral Mind and the Double Brain

Neuroscience: The bicameral mind and the double brain

This chapter will take the concept of the double brain as its focus. Of specific interest are the ways in which this concept was enacted in the work of Julian Jaynes (1976) with his concept of bicameral consciousness, and the revitalization of both the double brain and bicameral consciousness in the contemporary writings of the psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist (2009). I will argue that this work is of interest to body and affect studies as it engenders brainhood as distributed and embodied, in contrast to some neuroscientific approaches which attempt to house the brain within a bounded, unified individual. The historical antecedents of this work will be situated within nineteenth-century subliminal ...

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