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On being certain : believing you are right even when you're not

Author: Robert Alan Burton
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Neurologist Robert Burton challenges common notions about how people think about what they know, demonstrating how the feeling of certainty comes from a place beyond knowledge and control and is a mental sensation, not evidence of fact.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Alan Burton
ISBN: 9780312359201 0312359209 9780312541521 031254152X
OCLC Number: 191024015
Description: xii, 256 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The feeling of knowing --
How do we know what we know? --
Conviction isn't a choice --
The classification of mental states --
Neural networks --
Modularity and emergence --
When does a thought begin? --
Perceptual thoughts: a further clarification --
The pleasure of your thoughts --
Genes and thought --
Sensational thoughts --
The twin pillars of certainty: reason and objectivity --
Faith --
Mind speculations --
Final thoughts.
Responsibility: Robert A. Burton.
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Neurologist Robert Burton challenges common notions about how people think about what they know, demonstrating how the feeling of certainty comes from a place beyond knowledge and control and is a mental sensation, not evidence of fact.

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