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Neuro by Joelle M. Abi-Rached, Nikolas Rose

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Chapter Two   

The Visible Invisible

The biological basis of mental illness is now demonstrable: no one can reasonably watch the frenzied, localized activity in the brain of a person driven by some obsession, or see the dull glow of a depressed brain, and still doubt that these are physical conditions rather than some ineffable sickness of the soul. Similarly, it is now possible to locate and observe the mechanics of rage, violence and misperception, and even to detect the physical signs of complex qualities of mind like kindness, humour, heartlessness, gregariousness, altruism, mother-love and self-awareness.

—Rita Carter, Mapping the Mind, 1998

Neuroscience, and the study of the activity of the brain, is beginning to bring its own illumination ...

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