Dissociation, Delusion and the Splitting of the Self in The Trial by Franz Kafka: Phenomenology and Neurobiology of Schizophrenia- by Elisabete Castelon Konkiewitz and Edward Ziff

Abstract In this essay, we propose an association between Franz Kafka’s novel, The Trial, and phenomenological and neurobiological processes in schizophrenia. We begin by presenting a summary of the plot, pointing to some of its remarkable literary aspects. We next compare the mental processes of dissociation, disorientation and delusion as represented … Continue lendo…

Artificial Intelligence, consciousness, perception and the uniqueness of the human brain-by Edward Benjamin Ziff

The world is quantal, nearly infinite in its complexity. We must navigate this world to survive. To navigate successfully, we must reduce the complexity of the world by making categorizations. This process depends on establishing relationships between world entities and between these entities and us. The properties of objects exist … Continue lendo…

The state of consciousness in patients in the vegetative and minimally conscious states – Edward Ziff, Elisabete Castelon Konkiewitz

  Resumo Pacientes com lesão cerebral, quando assistidos, podem continuar a desempenhar funções fisiológicas básicas, mesmo estando com a vigília, a atenção, a capacidade de decisão e outras funções de consciência prejudicadas. Revisamos aqui dois níveis de distúrbio de consciência o estado vegetativo (VS) e o nível de consciência mínima … Continue lendo…

Famine and the Creation of Reality by the Brain, by Edward Ziff

Famine and the Creation of Reality by the Brain   During the winter of 1944-1945, a great famine struck parts of Holland that were under German occupation. In September 1944, the Allies had launched Operation Market Garden, a daring attack on German forces in Holland and Germany. Because of initial … Continue lendo…