Bright Air Brilliant Fire

Bright Air  Brilliant Fire Author Gerald M. Edelman
ISBN-10 0140172440
Release 1994
Pages 280
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The author takes the reader on a tour that covers such topics as computers, evolution, Descartes, Schrodinger, and the nature of perception, language, and invididuality. He argues that biology provides the key to understanding the brain. Underlying his argument is the evolutionary view that the mind arose at a definite time in history. This book ponders connections between psychology and physics, medicine, philosophy, and more. Frequently contentious, Edelman attacks cognitive and behavioral approaches, which leave biology out of the picture, as well as the currently fashionable view of the brain as a computer.

Bright Air Brilliant Fire

Bright Air  Brilliant Fire Author Gerald M. Edelman
ISBN-10 0713990961
Release 1992-01-01
Pages 280
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Bright Air Brilliant Fire has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Bright Air Brilliant Fire also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Bright Air Brilliant Fire book for free.


Topobiology Author Gerald M. Edelman
ISBN-10 UCAL:B4456518
Release 1988
Pages 240
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Edelman links genetics, development, behavior, and evolution.

Wider Than the Sky

Wider Than the Sky Author Gerald M. Edelman
ISBN-10 0300107617
Release 2005
Pages 201
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Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist, Dr. Gerald Edelman, offers an up-to-date account of the workings of the brain and the connections between mind and body. Edelman explores the relation of consciousness to causation, evolution, the development of the self, and the origins of feelings, learning, and memory, basing his discussion on recent advances in science and medicine.

Bright Air Black

Bright Air Black Author David Vann
ISBN-10 9780802189639
Release 2017-03-07
Pages 288
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“A writer to read and reread.”—The Economist Following the success of Aquarium which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and garnered numerous rave reviews, David Vann transports us to 13th century B.C. to give a nuanced and electric portrait of the life of one of ancient mythology’s most fascinating and notorious women, Medea. In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia’s Colchis—where Medea flees her home and father with Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece. Vann’s reimagining of this ancient tale offers a thrilling, realist alternative to the long held notions of Medea as monster or sorceress. We witness with dramatic urgency Medea’s humanity, her Bronze Age roots and position in Greek society, her love affair with Jason, and her tragic demise. Atmospheric and spellbinding, Bright Air Black is an indispensable, fresh and provocative take on one of our earliest texts and the most intimate and corporal version of Medea’s story ever told.

Second Nature

Second Nature Author Gerald M. Edelman
ISBN-10 0300120397
Release 2006
Pages 203
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Introduces a new theory of knowledge that is based on scientific findings about how the brain works in an explanation of how the brain gives rise to knowledge, creativity, and mental experience.

The Matter of the Mind

The Matter of the Mind Author Maurice Schouten
ISBN-10 9781444350869
Release 2012-05-07
Pages 340
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The Matter of the Mind addresses and illuminates therelationship between psychology and neuroscience by focusing on thetopic of reduction. Written by leading philosophers in the field Discusses recent theorizing in the mind-brain sciences andreviews and weighs the evidence in favour of reductionism againstthe backdrop of recent important advances within psychology and theneurosciences Collects the latest work on central topics where neuroscienceis now making inroads in traditional psychological terrain, such asadaptive behaviour, reward systems, consciousness, and socialcognition.

Contemplating Minds

Contemplating Minds Author William J. Clancey
ISBN-10 0262531194
Release 1994
Pages 543
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The book review column in Artificial Intelligence has evolved from simple reviews to a forum where reviewers and authors debate in essays, even tutorial presentations, the latest, often competing, theories of human and artificial intelligence. Contemplating Minds brings together a selection of these reviews in a form suitable for the general scientific reader, seminar organizer, or student wanting a critical introduction that synthesizes and compares some of the most important and influential books and ideas to have emerged in AI over the past decade. Contemplating Minds is divided into four parts, each with a brief introduction, that address the major themes in artificial intelligence, human intelligence, and cognitive science research: Symbolic Models of Mind, Situated Action, Architectures of Interaction, and Memory and Consciousness. The books being debated include those by such influential authors as Allen Newell (Unified Theories of Cognition), Terry Winograd and F. Flores (Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation for Design), Herbert Simon (The Sciences of the Artificial, second edition), Lucy Suchman (Plans and Situated Actions: The Problem of Human-Machine Communication), Marvin Minsky (The Society of Mind), Gerald Edelman (Neural Darwinism: The Theory of Neuronal Group Selection, The Remembered Present: A Biological Theory of Consciousness, Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind), and Daniel Dennett (Consciousness Explained). The list of reviewers is equally distinguished.

The Quest for Consciousness

The Quest for Consciousness Author Christof Koch
ISBN-10 UOM:39015060562132
Release 2004-01-01
Pages 429
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Consciousness is the major unsolved problem in biology. Written as an introduction to the field and drawing upon clinical, psychological and physiological observations, this book seeks to answer questions of consciousness within a neuroscientific framework.

The Mystery of Consciousness

The Mystery of Consciousness Author John R. Searle
ISBN-10 1862071225
Release 1998
Pages 224
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In what began as a series of essays in the New York Review of Books, Searle discusses the arguments of such well-known thinkers as Francis Crick, Gerald Edelman, Roger Penrose, Daniel Dennett, Israel Rosenfield and David Chalmers. These appear here together with a new essay of his own.

Synaptic Self

Synaptic Self Author Joseph LeDoux
ISBN-10 9781440650420
Release 2003-01-28
Pages 416
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In 1996 Joseph LeDoux's The Emotional Brain presented a revelatory examination of the biological bases of our emotions and memories. Now, the world-renowned expert on the brain has produced with a groundbreaking work that tells a more profound story: how the little spaces between the neurons—the brain's synapses—are the channels through which we think, act, imagine, feel, and remember. Synapses encode the essence of personality, enabling each of us to function as a distinctive, integrated individual from moment to moment. Exploring the functioning of memory, the synaptic basis of mental illness and drug addiction, and the mechanism of self-awareness, Synaptic Self is a provocative and mind-expanding work that is destined to become a classic.

Embodied Artificial Intelligence

Embodied Artificial Intelligence Author Fumiya Iida
ISBN-10 9783540278337
Release 2004-07-02
Pages 334
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Originating from a Dagstuhl seminar, the collection of papers presented in this book constitutes on the one hand a representative state-of-the-art survey of embodied artificial intelligence, and on the other hand the papers identify the important research trends and directions in the field. Following an introductory overview, the 23 papers are organized into topical sections on - philosophical and conceptual issues - information, dynamics, and morphology - principles of embodiment for real-world applications - developmental approaches - artificial evolution and self-reconfiguration


Consciousness Author Gerald M Edelman
ISBN-10 9780141933368
Release 2013-11-28
Pages 288
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What goes on in our heads when we have a thought? With this book, Edelman and Tononi present an empirically-supported full-scale theory of consciousness. They apply all of the resources and insights of modern neuroscience, from the largest computermodels ever constructed to new experiments that detect the changes in brain activity. This pioneering work represents a landmark in our growing understanding of consciousness. Praise for Gerald Edelman: "The new Darwin...His theory is an enrichment of life itself" - Oliver Sacks, The Times

The Mindful Brain

The Mindful Brain Author Gerald M. Edelman
ISBN-10 0262550075
Release 1982
Pages 100
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A proposal by two eminent biological scientists for a mechanism whereby mind becomes manifest from the operations of brain tissue.

Contaminated communities

Contaminated communities Author Michael R. Edelstein
ISBN-10 0813341485
Release 2004
Pages 351
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Investigates the social, psychological, and emotional impacts of toxic exposure for individuals, families, and communities.

The Psychology of Graphic Images

The Psychology of Graphic Images Author Manfredo Massironi
ISBN-10 9781135679361
Release 2001-08-01
Pages 336
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This book explores the nature of one of the most ancient tools for nonverbal communication: drawings. They are naturally adaptable enough to meet an incredibly wide range of communication needs. But how exactly do they do their job so well? Avoiding the kinds of aesthetic rankings of different graphic domains so often made by art historians and critics, Manfredo Massironi considers an extensive and representative sample of graphic applications with an open mind. He finds a deep mutuality between the material components of images and the activation of the perceptual and cognitive processes that create and decipher them. Massironi first examines the material components themselves: the mark or line, the plane of representation (the angle formed by the actual drawing surface and the depicted objects), and the position of the viewpoint relative to the depicted objects. The roles played by these three components are independent of the content of the drawing; they function in the same way in concrete and abstract representations. He then closely scrutinizes the choices made by the person planning and executing the drawings. Given that any object can be depicted in an infinite number of different ways, the drawer performs continuous work emphasizing and excluding different features. The choices are typically unconscious and guided by his or her communicative goals. A successful graph, be it simple or complex, is always successful precisely because the emphasized features are far fewer in number than the excluded ones. Finally, he analyzes the perceptual and cognitive integrations made by the viewer. Drawings are not simply tools for communication but important instruments for investigating reality and its structure. Richly illustrated, the book includes a series of graphic exercises that enable readers to get a sense of their own perceptual and cognitive activity when inspecting images. Massironi's pathbreaking taxonomy of graphic productions will illuminate all the processes involved in producing and understanding graphic images for a wide audience, in fields ranging from perceptual and cognitive psychology through human factors and graphic design to architecture and art history.

Touching a Nerve Our Brains Our Selves

Touching a Nerve  Our Brains  Our Selves Author Patricia S. Churchland
ISBN-10 9780393240634
Release 2013-07-22
Pages 256
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A trailblazing philosopher’s exploration of the latest brain science—and its ethical and practical implications. What happens when we accept that everything we feel and think stems not from an immaterial spirit but from electrical and chemical activity in our brains? In this thought-provoking narrative—drawn from professional expertise as well as personal life experiences—trailblazing neurophilosopher Patricia S. Churchland grounds the philosophy of mind in the essential ingredients of biology. She reflects with humor on how she came to harmonize science and philosophy, the mind and the brain, abstract ideals and daily life. Offering lucid explanations of the neural workings that underlie identity, she reveals how the latest research into consciousness, memory, and free will can help us reexamine enduring philosophical, ethical, and spiritual questions: What shapes our personalities? How do we account for near-death experiences? How do we make decisions? And why do we feel empathy for others? Recent scientific discoveries also provide insights into a fascinating range of real-world dilemmas—for example, whether an adolescent can be held responsible for his actions and whether a patient in a coma can be considered a self. Churchland appreciates that the brain-based understanding of the mind can unnerve even our greatest thinkers. At a conference she attended, a prominent philosopher cried out, “I hate the brain; I hate the brain!” But as Churchland shows, he need not feel this way. Accepting that our brains are the basis of who we are liberates us from the shackles of superstition. It allows us to take ourselves seriously as a product of evolved mechanisms, past experiences, and social influences. And it gives us hope that we can fix some grievous conditions, and when we cannot, we can at least understand them with compassion.