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0262582716|9780262582711. Brain Fiction: Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation (Philosophical Psychopathology) published in the year 2006 was published by MIT Press. View 3717 more books by MIT Press. The author of this book is William Hirstein . page displaying collection of William Hirstein books here. This is the Paperback version of the title "Brain Fiction: S ...more
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Published August 25th 2006 by MIT Press (first published November 5th 2004)
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Adrian Colesberry
Apr 08, 2009 Adrian Colesberry rated it it was amazing
Another of those books that offers a window into the healthy brain by studying the unhealthy brain. Here are a few of my notes:

p 72
The job of the frontal lobe in general is inhibition or filtering--filtering out of defective representations.
Emotion plays a guiding function without which cognition is not only ineffective but rendered useless. Emotion plays its role at the inputs and outputs of the cognitive system. When certain emotions are in place, we perceive certain things correctly. At the o
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Recommends it for: Neuroscientists, Philosophers
Fascinatingly, patients with certain neurological disorders sometimes unknowingly "confabulate" information. For example, a patient with memory damage might assert (and fully believe) that they had driven to the beach that morning, when in reality, they have been confined to a hospital room for the last six weeks. The causes of confabulation remain largely unknown, and here, philosopher/neuroscientist Hirstein
tackles the issue admirably.

This is the best book I know of on the topic of confabulati
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My favorite writers growing up (in Norfolk, Virginia) were James Thurber, Woody Guthrie, James Agee, Alan Moorehead, Sigmund Freud, and Carl Jung.
A bit of info about my academic pedigree: After getting a Master's in Computer Science at Old Dominion University, I worked for a while at a NASA research center in Hampton, Virginia. I then moved to New Mexico, where I switched my area of study to phi
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“If you look at your average contemporary person, the potential for tragedy is immense. The people and things we love and value are strewn across the globe. Any number of health disasters can befall you or them.
The truth is depressing. We are going to die, most likely after illness; all our friends will likewise die; we are tiny insignificant dots on a tiny planet. Perhaps with the advent of broad intelligence and foresight comes the need for confabulation and self-deception to keep depression and its consequent lethargy at bay. There needs to be a basic denial of our finitude and insignificance in the larger scene. It takes a certain amount of chutzpah just to get out of bed in the morning.”
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