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

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Macmillan, Feb 2, 2010 - Science - 232 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

User Review  - Tram - Goodreads

Exposes important assumptions that must be addressed in the study of consciousness -- namely that we are not just "thinking meat", and although there are neural correlates to certain conscious ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Cărăşălu - Goodreads

The main purpose of the book is to contradict the dominant paradigm in neuroscience that you are your brain. Or, put otherwise, that conscience occurs within the brain, which is viewed as a kind of ... Read full review

Contents

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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