V.S. Ramachandran

V.S. Ramachandran and E.M. Hubbard 
Synaesthesia - A Window into Perception, Thought and Language
Journal of Consciousness Studies, 8, No. 12, 2001, pp. 3-34

V.S. Ramachandran (2000)
MIRROR NEURONS and imitation learning as the driving force behind "the great leap forward" in human evolution.
The discovery of mirror neurons in the frontal lobes of monkeys, and their potential relevance to human brain evolution - which I speculate on in this essay - is the single most important "unreported" (or at least, unpublicized) story of the decade. I predict that mirror neurons will do for psychology what DNA did for biology: they will provide a unifying framework and help explain a host of mental abilities that have hitherto remained mysterious and inaccessible to experiments.

V.S. Ramachandran
What is the self? How does the activity of neurons give rise to the sense of being a conscious human being? Even this most ancient of philosophical problems, I believe, will yield to the methods of empirical science. It now seems increasingly likely that the self is not a holistic property of the entire brain; it arises from the activity of specific sets of interlinked brain circuits. But we need to know which circuits are critically involved and what their functions might be. It is the "turning inward" aspect of the self - its recursiveness - that gives it its peculiar paradoxical quality.

mirror neurons
cognitive linguistics