Making up the Mind How the Brain Creates Our Mental World

ISBN-10: 1405160225

ISBN-13: 9781405160223

Edition: 2007

Authors: Chris Frith
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Description: It is our brains that make us human and create human society and culture. This text presents an account of the experimental studies linking mind and brain aimed at the general reader. The author explores how mental activity in the human mind can arise from physical activity in the human brain.

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/7/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 246
Size: 6.38" wide x 9.17" long x 0.56" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

List of Abbreviations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Real Scientists Don't Study the Mind
The Psychologist's Fear of the Party
Hard Science and Soft Science
Hard Science - Objective; Soft Science - Subjective
Can Big Science Save Soft Science?
Measuring Mental Activity
How Can the Mental Emerge from the Physical?
I Can Read Your Mind
How the Brain Creates the World
Seeing through the Brain's Illusions
Clues from a Damaged Brain
Sensing the Physical World
The Mind and the Brain
When the Brain Doesn't Know
When the Brain Knows, But Doesn't Tell
When the Brain Tells Lies
How Brain Activity Creates False Knowledge
How to Make Your Brain Lie to You
Checking the Reality of Our Experiences
How Do We Know What's Real?
What a Normal Brain Tells Us about the World
Illusions of Awareness
Our Secretive Brain
Our Distorting Brain
Our Creative Brain
What the Brain Tells Us about Our Bodies
Privileged Access?
Where's the Border?
We Don't Know What We Are Doing
Who's in Control?
My Brain Can Act Perfectly Well without Me
Phantoms in the Brain
There's Nothing Wrong with Me
Who's Doing It?
Where Is the "You"?
How the Brain Does It
Getting Ahead by Prediction
Patterns of Reward and Punishment
How the Brain Embeds Us in the World and Then Hides Us
The Feeling of Being in Control
When the System Fails
The Invisible Actor at the Center of the World
Our Perception of the World Is a Fantasy That Coincides with Reality
Our Brain Creates an Effortless Perception of the Physical World
The Information Revolution
What Can Clever Machines Really Do?
A Problem with Information Theory
The Reverend Thomas Bayes
The Ideal Bayesian Observer
How a Bayesian Brain Can Make Models of the World
Is There a Rhinoceros in the Room?
Where Does Prior Knowledge Come From?
How Action Tells Us about the World
My Perception Is Not of the World, But of My Brain's Model of the World
Color Is in the Brain, Not in the World
Perception Is a Fantasy That Coincides with Reality
We Are Not the Slaves of Our Senses
So How Do We Know What's Real?
Imagination Is Extremely Boring
How Brains Model Minds
Biological Motion: The Way Living Things Move
How Movements Can Reveal Intentions
Imitation
Imitation: Perceiving the Goals of Others
Humans and Robots
Empathy
The Experience of Agency
The Problem with Privileged Access
Illusions of Agency
Hallucinating Other Agents
Culture and the Brain
Sharing Minds - How the Brain Creates Culture
The Problem with Translation
Meanings and Goals
Solving the Inverse Problem
Prior Knowledge and Prejudice
What Will He Do Next?
Other People Are Contagious
Communication Is More Than Just Speaking
Teaching Is Not Just a Demonstration To Be Imitated
Closing the Loop
Fork Handles: The Two Ronnies Close the Loop (Eventually)
Fully Closing the Loop
Knowledge Can Be Shared
Knowledge Is Power
The Truth
Epilogue: Me and My Brain
Chris Frith and I
Searching for the Will in the Brain
Where Is the Top in Top-Down Control?
The Homunculus
This Book Is Not About Consciousness
Why Are People So Nice (as Long as They Are Treated Fairly)?
Even an Illusion Has Responsibilities
The Evidence
Illustrations and Text Credits
Index
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