Review: The Tell-Tale Brain (or The Man Who Thought He Was Dead and Other Stories)

While giving a lecture at a hospital in Chennai, India, Vilayanur S. Ramachandran met a young man with a strange problem.

“What brings you to our hospital?” asked Ramachandran, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego.

“I am a corpse—I can smell the stench of rotting flesh,” the young man replied.

“Are you saying you are dead?” Ramachandran pressed.

“Yes. I don’t exist,” the man confirmed.

Read the rest here, or in the January/February issue of Scientific American Mind.