A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick

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In A Scanner Darkly (1977), Philip K. Dick incorporated research on the split brain and hemispheric lateralization and quoted articles of the late 1960s by the neuroscientists Joseph E. Bogen and Michael Gazzaniga.


Dick (1977, 144) also referred to Arthur L. Wigan’s 1844 The Duality of Mind, one of the first works to present the idea of the “double brain” [see the timeline for Chapter 1].

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Substance D is not known as Death for nothing. It is the most toxic drug ever to find its way on to the streets of LA. It destroys the links between the brain's two hemispheres, causing, first, disorientation and then complete and irreversible brain damage.

The undercover narcotics agent who calls himself Bob Arctor is desperate to discover the ultimate source of supply. But to find any kind of lead he has to pose as a user and, inevitably, without realising what is happening, Arctor is soon as addicted as the junkies he works among... - Goodreads

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Philip Kindred Dick (1928–1982) was an American writer known for his work in science fiction. His wo...

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The story was adapted for the screen on 2006, starring Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jr. Watch the trailer below:
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