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Bright Air, Brilliant Fire By Gerald M. Edelman

Bright Air, Brilliant Fire
by Gerald M. Edelman

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Takes the reader on a tour that covers such topics as computers, evolution, Descartes, Schrodinger, and the nature of perception, language, and individuality. The author argues that biology provides the key to understanding the brain.
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Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind by Gerald M. Edelman

The author takes the reader on a tour that covers such topics as computers, evolution, Descartes, Schrodinger, and the nature of perception, language, and invididuality. He argues that biology provides the key to understanding the brain. Underlying his argument is the evolutionary view that the mind arose at a definite time in history. This book ponders connections between psychology and physics, medicine, philosophy, and more. Frequently contentious, Edelman attacks cognitive and behavioral approaches, which leave biology out of the picture, as well as the currently fashionable view of the brain as a computer. Gerald Edelman received the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1972.

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Table of Contents


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS PREFACE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS PART I PROBLEMS 1 Mind 2 Putting the Mind Back into Nature 3 The Matter of the Mind. PART II ORIGINS 4 Putting Psychology on a Biological Basis 5 Morphology and Mind. Completing Darwin's Program 6 Topobiology: Lessons from the Embryo 7 The Problems Reconsidered. PART III PROPOSALS 8 The Sciences of Recognition 9 Neural Darwinism 10 Memory and Concepts: Building a Bridge to Consciousness 11 Consciousness: The Remembered Present 12 Language and Higher Order Consciousness 13 Attention and the Unconscious 14 Layers and Loops: A Summary. PART IV HARMONIES 15 A Graveyard of Isms: Philosophy and Its Claims 16 Memory and the Individual Soul: Against Silly Reductionism 17 Higher Products: Thoughts, Moments, Emotions 18 Diseases of the Mind: The Reintegrated Self 19 Is It Possible to Construct a Conscious Artifact? 20 Symmetry and Memory: On the Ultimate Origins of Mind. Epilogue. Mind Without Biology: A Critical Postscript. SELECTED READINGS. CREDITS. INDEX.

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GOR001196458
Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind by Gerald M. Edelman
Gerald M. Edelman
Penguin science
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1994-02-24
304
0140172440
9780140172447
N/A
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