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Mystery of the Mind: A Critical Study of Consciousness and the Human Brain

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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published November 21st 1975 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 1975)
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Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wilder Penfield is famous in the annals of neuroscience for the cortical homunculous, the map that correlates areas of the brain to body regions/functions. Less well known is that over the course of his career and due to the work he was doing, he altered his philosophical stance on the nature of the human mind, switching from a materialist explanation to a dualist one. He wrote this book to explain what made him change his mind.

The book is far more of a negative argument (an explanation of why
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Kevin K
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: neurology
If we actually *are* our brains, then shouldn't some center of the brain be generating our voluntary actions? And shouldn't it be possible to artificially stimulate that center so that the patient says: "I did that"? Through a long career as a brain surgeon, Penfield put this reasoning to the test. He stimulated every area of the cerebral cortex, and observed epilepsy in all areas of the brain, and yet no patient ever attributed the resulting actions or thoughts to his own volition. So where is ...more
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In my top ten list. The title says it all.
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Wilder Graves Penfield, OM, CC, CMG, FRS (January 26, 1891 – April 5, 1976) was a Canadian neurosurgeon. He devoted much thinking to the functionings of the mind, and continued until his death to contemplate whether there was any scientific basis for the existence of the human soul.
Penfield was born in Spokane, Washington (but spent most of his life in Hudson, Wisconsin) on January 25 or January 2
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