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Author Edelman, Gerald M.

Title Second nature : brain science and human knowledge / Gerald M. Edelman
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 203 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. The Galilean arc and Darwin's program -- 2. Consciousness, body, and brain -- 3. Selectionism : a prerequisite for consciousness -- 4. From brain activity to consciousness -- 5. Epistemology and its discontents -- 6. A brain-based approach -- 7. Forms of knowledge : the divorce between science and the humanities -- 8. Repairing the rift -- 9. Causation, illusions, and values -- 10. Creativity : the play between specificity and range -- 11. Abnormal states -- 12. Brain-based devices : toward a conscious artifact -- 13. Second nature : the transformation of knowledge
Summary Burgeoning advances in brain science are opening up new perspectives on how we acquire knowledge. Indeed, it is now possible to explore consciousness - the very centre of human concern - by scientific means. In this illuminating book, Dr. Gerald M. Edelman offers a new theory of knowledge based on striking scientific findings about how the brain works. And he addresses the related compelling question: does the latest research imply that all knowledge can be reduced to scientific description? Edelman's brain-based approach to knowledge has rich implications for our understanding of creativity, of the normal and abnormal functioning of the brain, and of the connections among the different ways we have of knowing. While the gulf between science and the humanities and their respective views of the world has seemed enormous in the past, the author shows that their differences can be dissolved by considering their origins in brain functions. He foresees a day when brain-based devices will be conscious, and he reflects on this and other fascinating ideas about how we come to know the world and ourselves
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-181) and index
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Subject Brain.
Brain -- physiology.
Consciousness -- physiology.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300133650 (electronic bk.)
9780300133653 (electronic bk.)
(clothbound ; alk. paper)