Serendip is an independent site partnering with faculty at multiple colleges and universities around the world. Happy exploring!

Reply to comment

cc's picture

We have established that

We have established that the I-function allows one to say "I can produce movement" or "I felt that."  So, Christopher Reeves could not control movement below his neck because his body had been disconnected from his I-function.

We also established that the I-function was only responsible for actions that an individual is aware of.  For instance, beginning to walk, or learning a particular skill like riding a bike.  Afterwards, one does not need to think about every step she is taking, or which muscles need to move in order to work the bike pedals.  These actions, then, did not use the I-function, but Christopher Reeves could not perform them.

Is there another box in the brain that Christopher Reeves' body was disconnected from, then?  Or is it simply that because it was disconnected from the I-function, he could not even start the action?


To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
5 + 0 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.