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Skeptic's Guide to the Mind What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Tell Us about Ourselves

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ISBN-10: 1250001854

ISBN-13: 9781250001856

Edition: 2013

Authors: Robert A. Burton

List price: $24.99
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A critical look at cutting edge and key assumptions in cognitive science that offers a new way of exploring how our brains generate thoughtWhat if what we consider to be reason-based, deliberative judgment is really the product of involuntary mental sensations? In A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind, Dr. Robert Burton takes a close look at the key false assumptions that permeate the field of cognitive science and offers a new way of exploring how our brains generate thought. The essential paradox that drives this cutting-edge theory is that the same mechanisms that prevent understanding the mind also generate a sense that we can attain such understanding. In A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind, Burton presents his theory of the "mental sensory system" - a system that generates the main components of consciousness: a sense of self, a sense of choice and free will, and how we make moral decisions. Bringing together anecdotes, practical thought experiments, and cutting-edge neuroscience to show how these various strands of thought and mental sensations interact, A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind offers a powerful tool for knowing what we can and cannot say about the mind; how to discern good from bad cognitive science studies; and most importantly, how to consider the moral implications of these studies. This is a pathbreaking model for considering the interaction between conscious and unconscious thought.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 4/23/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Introduction
The Shape of Your Mind
Agency, Will, and Intention
Causation
Sensational Reason
Logic's Reason
Metacognition
On the Level
Talking in Tongues
Under the Big Top
Consciousness Unexplained
Anatomy of a Thought
Moral Character-Fact or Fiction?
Tell Me a Story
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index