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Another Day in the Monkey's Brain$
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Ralph Siegel and Foreword by Oliver Sacks

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199734344.001.0001

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Eighth Avenue Line at Fourteenth Street

Eighth Avenue Line at Fourteenth Street

(p.35) Six Eighth Avenue Line at Fourteenth Street
Another Day in the Monkey's Brain

Ralph Mitchell Siegel

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the author reflects on the concept of time. He recalls his conversation with Oliver Sacks, who talked about foamy time, a concept in quantum mechanics, at the Fourteenth Street entrance to the Eighth Avenue subway line. He also considers Francis Crick's views on the question of physiological time, what biological mechanism corresponded to the “now,” and long-term potentiation in the cortex. In addition, the author mentions his chaos theory of brain and Crick's work on consciousness with Christof Koch and others before concluding with an assessment of Necker cubes and its relation to the shortness of the “now”.

Keywords:   time, Oliver Sacks, foamy time, Francis Crick, physiological time, long-term potentiation, cortex, consciousness, Christof Koch, Necker cubes

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