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Homme de V�rit�

ISBN-10: 0674032608

ISBN-13: 9780674032606

Edition: 2004

Authors: Jean-Pierre Changeux, M. B. DeBevoise

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In this wide-ranging book, one of the boldest thinkers in modern neuroscience confronts an ancient philosophical problem: can we know the world as it really is?Drawing on provocative new findings about the psychophysiology of perception and judgment in both human and nonhuman primates, and also on the cultural history of science, Jean-Pierre Changeux makes a powerful case for the reality of scientific progress and argues that it forms the basis for a coherent and universal theory of human rights. On this view, belief in objective knowledge is not a mere ideological slogan or a nave confusion; it is a characteristic feature of human cognition throughout evolution, and the scientific method its most sophisticated embodiment. Seeking to reconcile science and humanism, Changeux holds that the capacity to recognize truths that are independent of subjective personal experience constitutes the foundation of a human civil society.
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introduction
Thinking Matter
The Acquisition of Knowledge
States of Consciousness
Knowledge and Social Life
From Genes to Brain
Neuronal Epigenesis and Cultural Evolution
Scientific Research and the Search for Truth
The Humanity of Science
Conclusion
Notes
Credits
Acknowledgments
Index