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Seven views of mind

Author: Lise Wallach; Michael A Wallach
Publisher: New York : Psychology Press, 2013.
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"This book examines seven different answers to the question, "What are we talking about when we talk about the mind?" It begins by considering the dualistic view, frequently taken for granted by students, that words like "belief," "anger," and "jealousy" refer to a realm quite distinct from the physical world, and notes the difficulties associated with this view as well as why many find it compelling. The book then  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lise Wallach; Michael A Wallach
ISBN: 9781848729971 1848729979
OCLC Number: 811625964
Description: xi, 112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Mind as distinct from the physical world --
Mind as a manner of speaking --
Mind as behavior --
Mind as software in the head --
Mind as brain --
Mind as scientific construct --
Mind as social construct --
Conclusion: how to avoid dualism without losing your mind (entirely).
Responsibility: Lise Wallach, Michael A Wallach.
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"This book examines seven different answers to the question, "What are we talking about when we talk about the mind?" It begins by considering the dualistic view, frequently taken for granted by students, that words like "belief," "anger," and "jealousy" refer to a realm quite distinct from the physical world, and notes the difficulties associated with this view as well as why many find it compelling. The book then describes six further major views of mind alternative to dualism that have been developed by psychologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists: Some claim that such words are just about behavior. Some claim that such words are theoretical constructs, like "quarks" in physics. Some identify the mind with the brain. Or with a kind of program in the brain, like the software in a computer. Some think there is nothing to which such words refer. Some think mental talk reflects nothing but convention"--

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"A fine history of the central views of mind. Highly recommended [for] upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." - D. M. Chirico, York College CUNY, USA, in CHOICE "This Read more...

 
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