Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Feb 2, 2010 - Science - 232 pages
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Alva NoŽ is one of a new breedópart philosopher, part cognitive scientist, part neuroscientistówho are radically altering the study of consciousness by asking difficult questions and pointing out obvious flaws in the current science. In Out of Our Heads, he restates and reexamines the problem of consciousness, and then proposes a startling solution: Do away with the two hundred-year-old paradigm that places consciousness within the confines of the brain.†Our culture is obsessed with the brainóhow it perceives; how it remembers; how it determines our intelligence, our morality, our likes and our dislikes. Itís widely believed that consciousness itself, that Holy Grail of science and philosophy, will soon be given a neural explanation. And yet, after decades of research, only one proposition about how the brain makes us consciousóhow it gives rise to sensation, feeling, and subjectivityóhas emerged unchallenged: We donít have a clue.†In this inventive work, NoŽ suggests that rather than being something that happens inside us, consciousness is something we do. Debunking an outmoded philosophy that holds the scientific study of consciousness captive, Out of Our Heads is a fresh attempt at understanding our minds and how we interact with the world around us.
  

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Review: Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness

User Review  - Bryan Kibbe - Goodreads

Over the past 20 years, research into what has been variously called embodied cognition, situated cognition, extended cognition, etc., has grown immensely. This is an exciting research program and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Alva NoŽ takes an argument that-- while a bit of a straw man-- certainly seems to be predominantly true among cognitive scientists: that consciousness arises from the physical brain and can be studied ... Read full review

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2 Conscious Life
25
3 The Dynamics of Consciousness
47
4 Wide Minds
67
5 Habits
97
6 The Grand Illusion
129
7 Voyages of Discovery
149
8 A Nothing Reserved for Everything
171
Home Sweet Home
183
Notes
189
Acknowledgments
205
Index
207
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Alva NoŽ is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences. His previous book, Action in Perception, was published in 2004.

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