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How Brains Make Up Their Minds (Maps of the Mind)

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Walter J. Freeman explores how we control our behavior and make sense of the world around us. Avoiding determinism both in sociobiology, which proposes that persons' genes control their brains' functioning, and in neuroscience, which posits that their brains' disposition is molded by chemistry and environmental forces, Freeman charts a new course — one that gives individuals due credit and responsibility for their actions.

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While arguing against genetic and environmental determinism and for personal freedom and human responsibility, Freeman (brain science, graduate school, U. of California, Berkeley) takes his readers in steps from single neurons to an explanation of the human capacity for self-determination. This book is as much about philosophy as it is about psychology or brain science.
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I think, therefore I am. The legendary pronouncement of philosopher Ren? Descartes lingers as accepted wisdom in the Western world nearly four centuries after its author's death. But does thought really come first? Who actually runs the show: we, our thoughts, or the neurons firing within our brains?

Walter J. Freeman explores how we control our behavior and make sense of the world around us. Avoiding determinism both in sociobiology, which proposes that persons' genes control their brains' functioning, and in neuroscience, which posits that their brains' disposition is molded by chemistry and environmental forces, Freeman charts a new course — one that gives individuals due credit and responsibility for their actions.

Drawing upon his five decades of research in neuroscience, Freeman utilizes the latest advances in his field as well as perspectives from disciplines as diverse as mathematics, psychology, and philosophy to explicate how different human brains act in their chosen diverse ways. He clarifies the implications of brain imaging, by which neural activity can be observed during the course of normal movements, and shows how nonlinear dynamics reveals order within the fecund chaos of brain function.

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janlelie, March 2, 2007 (view all comments by janlelie)
Freeman is a true pragmatist and makes a convincing story about how our brain 'works'. The book is not a very easy read, but then again, our minds are complex little creatures. With a few additions, the model developed by Freeman can support subconcious and self realization. I think it comes closer to the working of body/brain - - mind than Damasio and LeDoux.
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ISBN:
9780231120081
Author:
Freeman, Walter J.
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Author:
Freeman, Walter J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Neuroscience
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Consciousness
Subject:
Psychology-Mind and Consciousness
Copyright:
Series:
Maps of the Mind
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
146
Dimensions:
9.30x6.30x.71 in. .86 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , I think, therefore I am. The legendary pronouncement of philosopher Ren? Descartes lingers as accepted wisdom in the Western world nearly four centuries after its author's death. But does thought really come first? Who actually runs the show: we, our thoughts, or the neurons firing within our brains?

Walter J. Freeman explores how we control our behavior and make sense of the world around us. Avoiding determinism both in sociobiology, which proposes that persons' genes control their brains' functioning, and in neuroscience, which posits that their brains' disposition is molded by chemistry and environmental forces, Freeman charts a new course — one that gives individuals due credit and responsibility for their actions.

Drawing upon his five decades of research in neuroscience, Freeman utilizes the latest advances in his field as well as perspectives from disciplines as diverse as mathematics, psychology, and philosophy to explicate how different human brains act in their chosen diverse ways. He clarifies the implications of brain imaging, by which neural activity can be observed during the course of normal movements, and shows how nonlinear dynamics reveals order within the fecund chaos of brain function.

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