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The Cerebral Code By William H. Calvin

The Cerebral Code
by William H. Calvin

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This text offers an understanding of how Darwinian processes could operate in the brain to shape mental images in only seconds, using shuffled memories similar to jumbled dreams, but evolving into something of quality, such as a sentence to speak aloud.
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The Cerebral Code: Thinking a Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind by William H. Calvin

The Cerebral Code is a new understanding of how Darwinian processes could operate in the brain to shape mental images in only seconds, starting with shuffled memories no better than the jumble of our nighttime dreams, but evolving into something of quality, such as a sentence to speak aloud. Jung said that dreaming goes on continuously but you can't see it when you are awake, just as you can't see the stars in the daylight because it is too bright. Calvin's is a theory for what goes on, hidden from view by the glare of waking mental operations, that produces our peculiarly human type of consciousness with its versatile intelligence. As Piaget emphasized in 1929, intelligence is what we use when we don't know what to do, when we have to grope rather than using a standard response. Calvin tackles a mechanism for doing this exploration and improvement offline, as we think before we act or practice the art of good guessing. Surprisingly, the subtitle's mosaics of the mind is not a literary metaphor. For the first time, it is a description of a mechanism of what appears to be an appropriate level of explanation for many mental phenomena, that of hexagonal mosaics of electrical activity that compete for territory in the association cortex of the brain. This two-dimensional mosaic is predicted to grow and dissolve much as the sugar crystals do in the bottom of a supersaturated glass of iced tea. A Bradford Book

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"Bill Calvin writes with elegance, economy, and authority. In TheCerebral Code, he has solidly embedded his ideas in experimentalneurophysiology and neuropharmacology, deriving from his decades in thelaboratory. He explores the ramifications of his insights into a widerange of cerebral functions, such as sleep, dreaming, awareness, problemssolving, creative thinking, and the dynamics of nerve cell assemblies thatmake consciousness possible. Calvin has written primarily for hiscolleagues in neuroscience, as well as for lay readers. I believe he willachieve his aim, by recounting in adequate detail the basic concepts fromwhich he is reasoning, and thereafter exploring ideas and issues that hisreductionstically minded colleagues have largely ignored." Walter J. Freeman, Professor of the Graduate School, University ofCalifornia at Berkeley "[A] wide-ranging and innovative theory linking the neural structureof the cortex to thought, language, andconsciousness... stunningly thought provoking." Richard Cooper , The Times Higher Education Supplement

About William H. Calvin


William H. Calvin is Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle. His books include The Cerebral Code (MIT Press, 1996).

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GOR002657007
The Cerebral Code: Thinking a Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind by William H. Calvin
William H. Calvin
MIT Press
Used - Very Good
Paperback
MIT Press Ltd
1998-03-02
262
0262531542
9780262531542
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