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

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Macmillan, Feb 17, 2009 - Psychology - 214 pages
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Alva NoŽ is one of a new breed—part philosopher, part cognitive scientist, part neuroscientist—who 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 brain—how it perceives; how it remembers; how it determines our intelligence, our morality, our likes and our dislikes. It’s 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 conscious—how it gives rise to sensation, feeling, and subjectivity—has emerged unchallenged: We don’t 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

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Possibly the single worst book I have ever read. I only have myself to blame. I should have been more careful to investigate beyond the intriguing title and realized it was a philosophy book. On the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

Possibly the single worst book I have ever read. I only have myself to blame. I should have been more careful to investigate beyond the intriguing title and realized it was a philosophy book. On the ... Read full review

Contents

Conscious Life
25
The Dynamics of Consciousness
47
Wide Minds
67
Habits
97
The Grand Illusion
129
Voyages of Discovery
149
A Nothing Reserved for Everything
171
Notes
189
Acknowledgments
205
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About the author (2009)

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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