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The Resource The biological mind : how brain, body, and environment collaborate to make us who we are, Alan Jasanoff

The biological mind : how brain, body, and environment collaborate to make us who we are, Alan Jasanoff

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The biological mind : how brain, body, and environment collaborate to make us who we are
Title
The biological mind
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how brain, body, and environment collaborate to make us who we are
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Alan Jasanoff
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "A pioneering neuroscientist argues that we are more than our brains To many, the brain is the seat of personal identity and autonomy. But the way we talk about the brain is often rooted more in mystical conceptions of the soul than in scientific fact. This blinds us to the physical realities of mental function. We ignore bodily influences on our psychology, from chemicals in the blood to bacteria in the gut, and overlook the ways that the environment affects our behavior, via factors varying from subconscious sights and sounds to the weather. As a result, we alternately overestimate our capacity for free will or equate brains to inorganic machines like computers. But a brain is neither a soul nor an electrical network: it is a bodily organ, and it cannot be separated from its surroundings. Our selves aren't just inside our heads--they're spread throughout our bodies and beyond. Only once we come to terms with this can we grasp the true nature of our humanity"--
  • "To a 21st century human, the brain is the seat of all our powers. But the hyperbolic way we talk about the brain is more informed by a mystical conception of what the soul is than by scientific fact. From the confines of ancient philosophy to the duality inherent to Christianity, from the mysterious depths of psychoanalysis to today's tendency to compare the brain to a computer, our belief in a mind distinct from the body has tainted the way we think about gray matter (which, it turns out, is not even gray!). As the director of the MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering reveals in The Biological Mind, this "cerebral mystique" has blinded us to the realities of the human body. We ignore the role of our body's chemistry and of our environment on our behavior, focusing solely on the brain-and thus dismiss crucial non-brain based cures. We overestimate the value of free will and place undue responsibility on individuals-which leads us to rely on shoddy neuroscience to convict people in court. And we believe that the brain is replicable, if only we recreate its networks correctly-and take the analogy so far as to affirm the human brain could exist in a computer. But a brain is not a soul: it is an organ and it cannot be separated from the body and its surroundings. Our brains do not act in isolation. For instance, the brain is influenced by the ambient shade of the light -- bluer colors make us happier. The climate also plays a role - higher temperatures make us more hot-tempered. The gut microbiome affects not only digestive functions but also psychological states like anxiety, stress, and depression. Whatever happens in our brain is the product of our physiology and environment, our history, and our society"--
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Jasanoff, Alan
Dewey number
612.8/233
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RC321
LC item number
.J37 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Neurosciences
  • Psychophysiology
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience
  • PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
  • MEDICAL / Neuroscience
  • Science
  • PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
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The biological mind : how brain, body, and environment collaborate to make us who we are, Alan Jasanoff
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-279) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 292 pages
Isbn
9780465052684
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017052705
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)993420428
  • (OCoLC)ocn993420428
  • 2627867
Label
The biological mind : how brain, body, and environment collaborate to make us who we are, Alan Jasanoff
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-279) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 292 pages
Isbn
9780465052684
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017052705
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)993420428
  • (OCoLC)ocn993420428
  • 2627867

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