The relationship between the mind and the body is more complex than has previously been presumed… evidence on embodied cognition is starting to establish that the body too might be influencing the mind to a greater degree than has previously been recognized.
—Iris Hung & Aparna Labroo1
Could your brain survive outside of your body? If it was placed in a vat of life-sustaining fluid, could it go on functioning as normal long after the rest of you had perished?
The first time this intriguing idea crossed my mind was when, as a student, I attended my first post mortem. The body to be opened up by the pathologist’s knife for medical examination was that of a 22-year-old man, who had been killed after his motorbike ...