Touching a Nerve The Self as Brain

ISBN-10: 0393058328
ISBN-13: 9780393058321
Edition: 2013
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/22/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

What happens when we accept that everything we feel, think, and experience stems not from an immaterial soul but from electrical and chemical activity in our brains? That is the question at the heart of this new book by Patricia Churchland, one of the pioneers of neurophilosophy. In a narrative detailing her own personal and professional transformation, Churchland explains what the latest brain research into consciousness, sensory experience, memory, and free will can tell us about enduring philosophical and ethical questions: What is the self? How are our personalities created? What determines our decisions and behaviors? These questions have real-world repercussions—for example, whether an adolescent or someone mentally ill can be held responsible for his or her actions. As Churchland reveals, once we accept that our brains determine everything about who we are and how we experience the world, neuroscience offers new, critical insights into a fascinating range of ethical and philosophical dilemmas.

Patricia S. Churchland is professor emerita of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute. Her books include "Brain-Wise" and "Neurophilosophy". In 1991, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

Acknowledgments
Me, Myself, and My Brain
Soul Searching
My Heavens
The Brains Behind Morality
Aggression and Sex
Such a Lovely War
Free Will, Habits, and Self-Control
Hidden Cognition
The Conscious Life Examined
Epilogue: Balancing Act
Notes
Index

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