The Invention Of Morel (New York Review Books Classics)

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The Invention Of Morel (New York Review Books Classics)

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On the diary's final entry the fugitive describes how he is waiting for his soul to pass onto the recording while dying. He asks a favor of the man who will invent a machine capable of merging souls based on Morel's invention. He wants the inventor to search for them and let him enter Faustine's consciousness as an act of mercy. Since a number of people have made more general comments about this novel, for the purpose of this review, I will focus on one aspect of this work: the relationship between the novel and the author's and our experience of film and television.

Theoretically, an on-line decoding “consciousness device,” could consist of a virtual environment system, easy to use for daily operation, such as the SR system [as described in Suzuki et al. ( 2012)] combined with an fMRI decoder, according to what conscious state we want to examine (e.g., visual experiences, mental imagery, emotional experience). By means of the SR system, the examiner could induce specific and targeted subjective conscious states in the subject and use the measures of subjective experience exposed previously (enhanced verbal report, behavioral, physiological measures) (see chapter “Reinventing Morel's Machine I: Virtual Reality Component”); the fMRI decoder could then provide an objective measure of this conscious state. Importantly, the subject can be informed about the objective measure of his/her experience (brain processes), what could further improve the reliability of his/her verbal reports (metacognitive properties). Future experiments could be based on this model, although improvement in temporal and spatial resolution of current neuroimaging techniques is certainly needed. Dehaene-Lambertz G., Dehaene S., Hertz-Pannier L. (2002). Functional neuroimaging of speech perception in infants. Science 298, 2013–2015 The Invention of Morel ( La invención de Morel) is a 1940 novella by Argentinian writer Adolfo Bioy Casares. A literary thought experiment in the manner of Bioy Casares’ close friend Jorge Luis Borges, The Invention of Morel imagines an island on which a group of wealthy socialites unknowingly relive a single holiday over and over again. They are observed by the novella’s narrator, a political criminal who has come to the island to hide from the Venezuelan authorities.Haynes: He is asleep at the time Morel is about to give his speech. Dora says he is in Faustine's bedroom and that no one will get him out of there because he is heavy. It is unknown why he is there, but the fugitive is not jealous of him. Morel gives the speech anyway. Dehaene S., Sergent C., Changeux J. P. (2003). A neuronal network model linking subjective reports and objective physiological data during conscious perception. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 100, 8520–8525 O'Craven K. M., Kanwisher N. (2000). Mental imagery of faces and places activates corresponding stiimulus-specific brain regions. J. Cogn. Neurosci. 12, 1013–1023 Bioy Casares was an author who was well-known in his native country, Argentina. He was a friend of Borges and linked to the Ocampo sisters (he was married to one of them). He surrounded himself with the most outstanding writers of the time, at a time when numerous literary movements were taking place in Buenos Aires. Such was the friendship with Borges that in The Invention of Morel we can see a prologue written by Borges himself. Fiction and everyday life in The Invention of Morel The fear of death is one of the oldest fears of the human race. By contrast, the desire for eternal life and everlasting love forever is one of our greatest desires. The Invention of Morel, by the Argentine writer Adolfo Bioy Casares, combines these fears and desires. It questions them, reflects on them and proposes new ways to approach them.

Maravita A., Spence C., Driver J. (2003). Multisensory integration and the body schema: close to hand and within reach. Curr. Biol. 13, R531–R539 Therefore, the relatively new science of subjective consciousness is in urgent need of novel methods for gathering first-person data and, in parallel, of ways to integrate this data with their neurophysiological correlates. Here, we will see that such an integrative model of consciousness may find its inspiration from an unlikely source: literature. Morel's Invention as Inspiration for an Integrative Description of ConsciousnessAt first, the writer is horrified by Morel’s experiment, but as he continues to watch the visitors he comes to accept that their lives are better than his: they are eternally on holiday, with nothing to worry about except their romances. Witmer B. G., Singer M. J. (1998). Measuring presence in virtual environments: a presence questionnaire. Presence 7, 225–240 [ Google Scholar] The scientist considered that “ we have no valid reason to deny consciousness to the persons created by his machinery” ( Casares, 1940, p. 71). The protagonist of “Invention of Morel,” becoming aware of the forces that this machine can have, proposes that it should be enhanced with the capacity to describe the thoughts, emotions, and other brain states of a subject any distance away from him/her ( Casares, 1940, p. 82). This enhanced machine would offer the ability to describe consciousness, as “ one's thoughts and feelings during life will be like an alphabet with which the image will continue to comprehend all experience” ( Casares, 1940, p. 82). Although Morel's machine was not such a brain reading machine, and Casares' idea may have seemed naive and totally fictive until some years ago, astonishing progress in several facets of cognitive neuroscience, functional neuroimaging, and computational neuroscience, now permit us to wonder if decoding perceptual reality and mental states from brain activity is possible. Adolfo Bioy Casares (1914–1999) was born in Buenos Aires, the child of wealthy parents. He began to write in the early thirties, and his stories appeared in the influential magazine Sur, through which he met his wife, the painter and writer Silvina Ocampo, as well Jorge Luis Borges, who was to become his mentor, friend, and collaborator. In 1940, after writing several novice works, Bioy published the novella The Invention of Morel, the first of his books to satisfy him, and the first in which he hit his characteristic note of uncanny and unexpectedly harrowing humor. Later publications include stories and novels, among them A Plan for Escape, A Dream of Heroes, and Asleep in the Sun. Bioy also collaborated with Borges on an A nthology of Fantastic Literature and a series of satirical sketches written under the pseudonym of H. Bustos Domecq.



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