Thursday, March 20, 2014

Scientific Proof That The Self Is On The Right Side Of The Chest

Apparently, science has finally caught up with Ramana Maharshi's teaching on the location of the Self:

From Slate:

"Psychologists Adrian Alsmith of the University of Copenhagen and Matthew Longo of the University of London asked 10 blindfolded adults to use a metal pointer to motion at “themselves.”* Most people indicated their upper torso area. Then, perhaps to ensure participants hadn’t just made the gesture that required the least physical effort, the researchers steered the pointer around the test subjects’ bodies. Again, a majority of people told them to stop when their chests were tagged. As Alice Robb at the New Republic reports, Alsmith and Longo explain the results by suggesting that “the torso is, so to speak, the great continent of the body, relative to which all other body parts are mere peninsulas. Where the torso goes, the body follows.”

However, the entire issue was settled long before this, by Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver. Notice where he points at 1:07.

If that isn't definitive, I don't know what is.

1 comment :

  1. Nope, Ramana used the right side of the body only as an indicator, The heart is the self, the self is where there is no I.


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