No. 137: SEP-OCT 2001
Neuroscientist P. Brugger, at the University of Zurich, asserts the following:
The brain contains a representation of the body, and disturbances in relevant neural networks by brain tumors or epilepsy can create the apparitions.
Brugger means that the brain seems to have a neurological map of the entire body, even if a person is born without a leg or loses same in an accident. The phantom-limb phenomenon is thereby expanded to a "phantom-body" phenomenon. Continuing in this vein, tumors or those "neurological disturbances" could also produce the sensation of an entire phantom body.
Could such whole-body apparitions be the source of the doppelgangers (images of one's self) that have been reported in the parapsychological literature and in folklore?
(Holden, Constance, ed.; "Doppelgangers," Science, 291:429, 2001.)
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