Breaking the Mind Barrier

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 1, 1997 - Science - 416 pages
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Reissued to coincide with Bantam's publication of Siler's new book, "Think Like a Genius", this provocative and highly accessible work will help readers gain a fuller understanding of this artist/visionary's latest tome--and casts a fresh light on the unrealized symmetry of the mind and the universe. Illustrations.
 

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Breaking the mind barrier: the artscience of neurocosmology

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"In decoding the brain, we decode the universe,'' writes Siler, a research affiliate at MIT. This simple, yet fundamental premise is the basis of neurocosmology, a new discipline which combines ... Read full review

Contents

Discovering the BrainUniverse
15
INTRODUCTION
17
Art and MetaphormsMethods of Inquiry
27
The Three Principles of Neurocosmology
38
Metaphorming Neural and Stellar Systems
43
The Evolving Brain in the Context of the Evolving Cosmos
61
Comparing the Brains Apples to the Universes Oranges
81
A World ViewEncyclopedic Imagination
110
Neurocosmologists
226
Engaging NeurocosmologyThe Cerebrarium
238
Exploring ProcessmorphsThoughtAssemblies
266
Embodying Fact in FictionThe Encoded Monolith
291
BRANCHES 1
305
BRANCHES 2
333
BRANCHES 3
358
Afterword 370
369

Cerebreactors
128
Cerebral Fusion Intuition and Cerebral Fission Reason
151
From the Metaphorical to the Literal
178
The Broader ExcavationProcessmorphology
188
Envisioning the Possibilities of Nature
204
End Notes
378
Bibliography
392
Index
401
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About the author (1997)

Todd Siler received his Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies in psychology and art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; his artworks are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum, among others. His company, Psi-Phi Communications, develops multimedia learning materials for business and education, and he also gives lectures and seminars on creativity, art, and technology to organizations nationwide. Siler's first book was Breaking the Mind Barrier.

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