The human body moves information within itself through chemical and electric signals. Somehow those messages get translated into sensation, emotion and awareness, but we are a very long way from understanding how that happens. One thing that we DO know, however is that if you run electrical currents through specific neural pathways that you can trigger emotions, memories, thoughts of god or, in this case locate the origin of a grand mal seizure. This photo of taken by @photographyontheroad, a neuroscientist at Stanford is of an operation to install a net of wires into an epileptic’s brain to track down the source and treat the condition. While that is interesting enough, I’m more fascinated by the experiences of the patients before and after the procedure. What does it mean to have an emotion triggered by electricity? Are we purely physical machines whose sensations and experience of life are merely a batch of chemistry and electricity? Or is there more to our existence? Does sensation and experience also change physiology?
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