The Minder Brain (Google eBook)

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World Scientific, Jan 1, 2007 - Brain - 474 pages
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Ambition, genius, thought, imagination, love, hate, greed and, above all, consciousness ourselves as alive and as part of our world - all this is somehow enabled by the brain. The brain is the person, and if it goes wrong, a person is ruined. This book is about part of what the brain does - a role of which many of us are hardly aware, but one that has ensured, the survival of mankind. Despite famine, drought, wars, cold, infections and hostile environments, we survive as a species - though not always as individuals. All this time, our brains have been coping with what fate throws at us - a pro.
  

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Brain as a Survival Machine
1
Chapter 2 A Chemical Code for Survival
31
Chapter 3 Serotonin Steroids and Signalling
48
Chapter 4 The Brain and Stress
65
Chapter 5 The WeightWatcher in the Brain
108
Chapter 6 Staying Wet and Salty
162
Chapter 7 Keeping Warm Staying Cool
178
Chapter 8 The Sexual Brain
200
Chapter 9 Bonding Motherhood and Love
249
Chapter 10 The Brain Goes to War
287
Chapter 11 The Rhythm of Life
331
Chapter 12 The Brain Breaks Down
364
Chapter 13 Individuality
420
Author Index
446
Subject Index
453
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Page 7 - Our souls, whose faculties can comprehend The wondrous architecture of the world, And measure every wandering planet's course, Still climbing after knowledge infinite, And always moving as the restless spheres, Will us to wear ourselves, and never rest, Until we reach the ripest fruit of all, That perfect bliss and sole felicity, The sweet fruition of an earthly crown.

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