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How brains make up their minds

Author: Walter J Freeman
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2000.
Series: Maps of the mind.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It was obvious to the ancient Greeks, and the Egyptians before them, that all our plans, desires, and beliefs come from our brains. Descartes conceived the brain as the site of action of the soul, where it worked the valves regulating the flow of brain fluids like a pilot guiding a ship. Brain scientists today have dismissed the pilot, thereby creating "the mystery of consciousness." How can mere neurons, which are  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter J Freeman
ISBN: 0231120087 9780231120081 0231120095 9780231120098
OCLC Number: 44927096
Description: vii, 171 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Self-control and intentionality --
Meaning and representation --
Dynamics of neurons and neuron populations --
Sensation and perceptionn --
Emotion and intentional action --
Awareness, consciousness, and causality --
Knowledge and meaning in societies.
Series Title: Maps of the mind.
Responsibility: Walter J. Freeman.
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I think, therefore I am. The legendary pronouncement of philosopher Rene Descartes lingers as accepted wisdom in the Western world nearly four centuries after its author's death. But does thought  Read more...

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