Brain wise

Author: Patricia Smith Churchland
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262532006
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A neurophilosopher's take on the self, free will, human understanding, and the experience of God, from the perspective of the brain.

Brain Wise

Author: Patricia S. Churchland
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262293064
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Progress in the neurosciences is profoundly changing our conception of ourselves. Contrary to time-honored intuition, the mind turns out to be a complex of brain functions. And contrary to the wishful thinking of some philosophers, there is no stemming the revolutionary impact that brain research will have on our understanding of how the mind works.Brain-Wise is the sequel to Patricia Smith Churchland's Neurophilosophy, the book that launched a subfield. In a clear, conversational manner, this book examines old questions about the nature of the mind within the new framework of the brain sciences. What, it asks, is the neurobiological basis of consciousness, the self, and free choice? How does the brain learn about the external world and about its own introspective world? What can neurophilosophy tell us about the basis and significance of religious and moral experiences?Drawing on results from research at the neuronal, neurochemical, system, and whole-brain levels, the book gives an up-to-date perspective on the state of neurophilosophy -- what we know, what we do not know, and where things may go from here.

Brain wise

Author: Patricia Smith Churchland
Publisher: Bradford Books
ISBN: 9780262033015
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A neurophilosopher's take on the self, free will, human understanding, and the experience of God, from the perspective of the brain.

Neurophilosophy

Author: Patricia Smith Churchland
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262530859
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Neurophilosophy is a rich interdisciplinary study of the prospects for a unified cognitive neurobiology. Contemporary research in the empirical neurosciences, and recent research in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of science, are used to illuminate fundamental questions concerning the relation between abstract cognitive theory and substantive neuroscience. A Bradford Book.

The Computational Brain

Author: Patricia S. Churchland
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262533391
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An anniversary edition of the classic work that influenced a generation of neuroscientists and cognitive neuroscientists.

On the Contrary

Author: Paul M. Churchland
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262531658
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Paul M. and Patricia S. Churchland are towering figures in the fields of philosophy, neuroscience, and consciousness. This collection was prepared in the belief that the most useful and revealing of anyone's writings are often those shorter essays penned in conflict with or criticism of one's professional colleagues. The essays present the Churchlands' critical responses to a variety of philosophical positions advanced by some two dozen philosophical theorists. The book is divided into three parts: part I, Folk Psychology and Eliminative Materialism; part II, Meaning, Qualia, and Emotion: The Several Dimensions of Consciousness; and part III, the Philosophy of Science. V. S. Ramachandran and Rick Grush are coauthors on two of the essays.

The Bodhisattva s Brain

Author: Owen Flanagan
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 026229723X
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If we are material beings living in a material world -- and all the scientific evidence suggests that we are -- then we must find existential meaning, if there is such a thing, in this physical world. We must cast our lot with the natural rather than the supernatural. Many Westerners with spiritual (but not religious) inclinations are attracted to Buddhism -- almost as a kind of moral-mental hygiene. But, as Owen Flanagan points out in The Bodhisattva's Brain, Buddhism is hardly naturalistic. In The Bodhisattva's Brain, Flanagan argues that it is possible to discover in Buddhism a rich, empirically responsible philosophy that could point us to one path of human flourishing. Some claim that neuroscience is in the process of validating Buddhism empirically, but Flanagan's naturalized Buddhism does not reduce itself to a brain scan showing happiness patterns. "Buddhism naturalized," as Flanagan constructs it, offers instead a fully naturalistic and comprehensive philosophy, compatible with the rest of knowledge -- a way of conceiving of the human predicament, of thinking about meaning for finite material beings living in a material world.

Brain Vision Memory

Author: Charles G. Gross
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262571357
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In these engaging tales describing the growth of knowledgeabout the brain -- from the early Egyptians and Greeks to the Dark Agesand the Renaissance to the present time -- Gross attempts to answer thequestion of how the discipline of neuroscience evolved into its modernincarnation through the twists and turns of history.

Matter and Consciousness

Author: Paul M. Churchland
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262316579
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In Matter and Consciousness, Paul Churchland presents a concise and contemporary overview of the philosophical issues surrounding the mind and explains the main theories and philosophical positions that have been proposed to solve them. Making the case for the relevance of theoretical and experimental results in neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence for the philosophy of mind, Churchland reviews current developments in the cognitive sciences and offers a clear and accessible account of the connections to philosophy of mind.For this third edition, the text has been updated and revised throughout. The changes range from references to the iPhone's "Siri" to expanded discussions of the work of such contemporary philosophers as David Chalmers, John Searle, and Thomas Nagel. Churchland describes new research in evolution, genetics, and visual neuroscience, among other areas, arguing that the philosophical significance of these new findings lies in the support they tend to give to the reductive and eliminative versions of materialism.Matter and Consciousness, written by the most distinguished theorist and commentator in the field, offers an authoritative summary and sourcebook for issues in philosophy of mind. It is suitable for use as an introductory undergraduate text.

The Mind brain Continuum

Author: Rodolfo R. Llin's
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262121989
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Bringing together contributors working on a common problem but addressing different levels of brain organization by way of different techniques, "The Mind-Brain Continuum" seeks to determine which scientific questions are most pressing as we move toward discovering the neurobiology of psychological processes. As the title implies, contributions are organized around the notion that mental activity is brain activity, providing a broad, integrated view of a particular subset of brain function. The focus is on sensory perception, processes that include somatosensory, auditory, and olfactory processes, as well research on vision. Contributors include: Albert S. Bregman. Patricia S. Churchland. Martha Constantine-Paton. Antonio R. Damasio. Hannah Damasio. Howard Eichenbaum. Rodolfo R. Lliná s. Nikos K. Logothetis. Christoph von deMalsburg. Stephen E. McAdams. Michael M. Merzenich. Vilayanur S. Ramachandran. John A. Simmons. Wolf Singer.