An Anatomy of Thought: The Origin and Machinery of the Mind

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - Science - 456 pages
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Drawing on a dazzling array of disciplines--physiology, neurology, psychology, anthropology, linguistics, and philosophy--Ian Glynn explains virtually every aspect of the workings of the brain, unlocking the mysteries of the mind.
Glynn writes with exceptional clarity as he illuminates the mechanics of nerve messages; the functioning of sensory receptors; the processes by which the brain sees, tastes, and smells; the seats of language, memory, and emotions. The breadth of Glynn's erudition is astonishing, as he ranges from parallel processing in computers to the specialization of different regions of the brain (illustrated with fascinating instances of the bizarre effects of localized brain damage). He explains the different types of memory, traces the path of information that leads to emotional responses, and engages in a discussion of language that ranges from Noam Chomsky to Hawaiian pidgin.
No other single volume has captured the full expanse of our knowledge of consciousness and the brain. A work of unequaled authority and eloquence, this book promises to be a new landmark of scientific writing.
"Monumental."--The Observer
"Glynn's erudition is astonishing...a hugely enjoyable intellectual journey."--Nature
  

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Dr. Glynn is a neurophysiologist who has written a general introduction to cognitive science. He has an interesting approach, building from evolution to considering the complex visual mechanisms ... Read full review

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User Review  - Greg Stoll - Goodreads

Very detailed book about many aspects of the brain. It was pretty interesting but also long and dense and I ran out of steam about 70% of the way through. (although I did finish it!) Read full review

Contents

What this book is about
3
The Failure of the CommonSense View
7
Evolution by Natural Selection
17
The Descent of Man
40
The Origin of Life
62
Introduction
83
The Nature of Nerves
85
The Nerve Impulse
106
Indroduction
259
In the Steps of the DiagramMakers
261
Chomsky and After
288
Monkey Puzzles
296
Introduction
313
Memory
315
The Emotions
334
Planning and Attention
351

Encoding the Message
119
Interactions Between Nerve Cells
123
The Doors of Perception
138
A Cooks Tour of the Brain
164
Introduction
191
Illusions
193
Disordered Seeing with Normal Eyes
201
Opening the Black Box
223
Natural Computers and Artificial Brains
242
Introduction
367
The MindBody Problem a Variety of Approaches
369
The MindBody Problem Consciousness and Qualia
391
Free Will and Morality
400
Epilogue
411
Notes
415
Index
449
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Ian Glynn is a Professor and Former Head of the Physiological Laboratory, University of Cambridge, England. Renowned for his work on the sodium pump, the molecular process that charges the brain's batteries, he is a fellow of the Royal Society and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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