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The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are

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A pioneering neuroscientist argues that we are more than our brains
To many, the brain is the seat of personal identity and autonomy. But the way we talk about the brain is often rooted more in mystical conceptions of the soul than in scientific fact. This blinds us to the physical realities of mental function. We ignore bodily influences on our psychology, from chemicals i
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Basic Books
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Christopher L.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent book about the neuroscience of how the interactions between what we think, how we move (or not), and who we socially engage with create the individuals we are becoming. Jasanoff's argument, in brief, is that "who we are" is the result of "the interdependent nature" of our brain, body, and environment (p. 3). Two of my favorite quotes are:
(1) "Our brains are not mysterious beacons, glowing with inner radiance against a dark void. Instead, they are organic prisms that refract the ligh
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Erin
May 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is more of a thought experiment than your typical popscience book. It's a lot more conjecture and theory than fact. The ideas posed are fairly common sense and I felt that the source material was limited severely by modern doctrine. The largest barrier to scientific breakthrough today remains political correctness. In some places, I felt like I was being lectured by a dinosaur with no knowledge of genetic breakthroughs and what they mean about brain function and intelligence.
Soren
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Not the best book I've ever read, but the subject matter was pretty interesting. That last chapter was pretty weird.
Don  Kent
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a well written and construed book that carefully explains the interrelationships and science that regulates who we are and how the stated interrelationships make it so.
Cheryl
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were some very interesting parts of this book, and I did learn a few new things, but overall it was very dry. The last chapter was also particularly strange.
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