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Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga
Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain

Cog Sci 1951, January 31, 2013

Cognitive neuroscience addresses established philosophical questions with scientific rigor, demonstrating that the very words of those questions contain the seeds of their ambiguity and self-contradiction. Just as cognitive linguists have rewritten the rules of studying language as it relates to thought, cognitive neuroscientists are chipping away at concepts (like "free will") underlying centuries of learned argument and are showing how many of those arguments, applying directly to the human mind/brain, are ultimately specious. Michael S. Gazzaniga is one of several accomplished cognitive neuroscientists who use the scientific study of the brain to bring readers closer to an understanding of questions, once the domain of philosophers, that in the 21st century are moving into the domains of theoretical and empirical sciences.
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