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Altered Egos: How the Brain Creates the Self

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  3 reviews
In Altered Egos, Dr. Todd Feinberg presents a new theory of the self based on his first-hand experience as both a psychiatrist and neurologist.
Feinberg introduces dozens of intriguing cases of patients whose disorders have resulted in what he calls "altered egos": a change in the brain that transforms the boundaries of the self. He describes patients who suffer from "alie...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 2nd 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2001)
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Jason Johnson
I checked this out of the library hoping it would help me with my paper comparing classical chinese and contemporary bioscience models regarding the relation of the brain to emotions, consciousness and the body. I hoped it would be on par with Damasio, LeDoux, and even the two books co-authored by Sh. Begley. Unfortunately, I found its scientific founding too soft for my tastes. It did have a nice chapter on emergence theory, and plenty of case studies (asomatagnosia and the like), so if you fin...more
Simon Thirsk
For me, as a non-psychologist general reader, this was a good introduction to "how the brain creates the self".
It was reasonably easy to read and not only gave a good overview of current psychological thinking on identity but also provided a -for me- intriguing theory linking psychology to philosophical propositions about epistemology, teleology and our perception of being.
In some ways it is invidious to give star ratings to books like this, in terms of their academic importance.
I certainly fou...more
Adrian Colesberry
A book in the area of How I Mistook My Wife for a Hat. Looking a brain damaged patients and discovering what the healthy brain does to create reality from observing how the unhealthy brain does it. Here's a note I took that might give you the flavor of the book.

According to Jackson (who is also widely considered the father of modern neurology), the most automatic picture of reality that requires the least amount of complex thought-would predominate in states of brain disorganization. Under these...more
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