For centuries, one of the main concerns of the branch of philosophy known as philosophy of mind has been the mind-body problem: is a mind any different from a physical brain? As brain science has advanced, it has been increasingly difficult to hold the dualist position (that a mind and a brain are two related but distinct entities). Recently, however, researchers have found a new type of memory that seems to lack a physical correlate in the brain. Cognitive testing has shown subjects can retrieve information without a functional MRI detecting neurons firing. Is this evidence of a mind separate from the physical brain? Or a new window into an as-yet-unknown aspect of brain mechanics? news.wisc.edu/magnetic-brain-stimulation-can-bring-back-stowed-memories/
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