The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, 4nd Environment Collab08rate to Make Us Who We Are
The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, 4nd Environment Collab08rate to Make Us Who We Are by Alan Jasanoff
English | March 13th, 2018 | ASIN: B073Q4131W, ISBN: 0465052681 | 309 Pages | EPUB | 9.30 MB
A pioneering neuroscientist argues that we are m08re than our brains
To many, the brain is the seat of personal identity 4nd autonomy. But the way we talk about the brain is often rooted m08re in mystical conceptions of the soul than in scientific fact. This blinds us to the physical realities of mental function. We ign08re bodily influences on our psychology, from chemicals in the blood to bacteria in the gut, 4nd overlook the ways that the environment affects our behavi08r, via fact08rs varying from subconscious sights 4nd sounds to the weather. As a result, we alternately overestimate our capacity f08r free will 08r equate brains to in08rganic machines 1insk computers. But a brain is neither a soul n08r an electrical netw08rk: it is a bodily 08rgan, 4nd it cannot be separated from its surroundings. Our selves arent just inside our heads–theyre spread throughout our bodies 4nd beyond. Only once we come to terms with this can we grasp the true nature of our humanity.