"Eccles always questioned "the relation between our bodies and our minds, and especially the link between brain structures/ processes and mental dispositions". He had known and been influenced by (Sir) Karl Popper in New Zealand and in 1974 they had the opportunity to spend a month at the Villa Serbeloni on Lake Como, engaged in a scientific dialogue. The result, The Self and Its Brain (1977) is a searching enquiry by "an agnostic philosopher" (Popper) and "a believer in God and the supernatural" (Eccles), actuated by the need to account for the human mystery from their standpoint of a dualism of mind and body. In conclusion, Popper said "So we leave it at that" and, one might add, to the future.
"A prolific author of original research articles he also found time to write seminal books, sometimes based on invited public lecture, including: The Neurophysiological Basis of Mind (1953), The Physiology of Nerve Cells (1957), Sherrington, His Life and Thought (1979, jointly with William C. Gibson), The Human Mystery (1979). He also delivered prestigious lectures, such as the Waynflete (Magdalen College, Oxford), Ferrier (Royal Society), Sherrington (Liverpool University), and Gifford (Edinburgh University)."
Resources and articles
- Nobel Prize in Medicine
- Scientific and Medical Network
- Norm Shealey
- International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences
- independent Obituary: Sir John Eccles, organizational web page, accessed July 28, 2018.