Making Up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World

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Making Up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World

Format:  Paperback,

234 pages

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: May 2007

ISBN-13: 9781405160223

ISBN-10: 1405160225

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Written by one of the world's leading neuroscientists, "Making Up the Mind" is the first accessible account of experimental studies showing how the brain creates our mental world.
Uses evidence from brain imaging, psychological experiments and studies of patients to explore the relationship between the mind and the brain
Demonstrates that our knowledge of both the mental and physical comes to us through models created by our brain
Shows how the brain makes communication of ideas from one mind to another possible

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: May 2007
ISBN-13: 9781405160223
ISBN-10: 1405160225
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 234
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.84
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.72 x 9.0 x 1.0

Chapter outline

List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Prefacep. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologue: Real Scientists Don't Study the Mindp. 1
The Psychologist's Fear of the Partyp. 1
Hard Science and Soft Sciencep. 3
Hard Science - Objective; Soft Science - Subjectivep. 5
Can Big Science Save Soft Science?p. 7
Measuring Mental Activityp. 9
How Can the Mental Emerge from the Physical?p. 15
I Can Read Your Mindp. 16
How the Brain Creates the Worldp. 16
Seeing through the Brain's Illusionsp. 19
Clues from a Damaged Brainp. 21
Sensing the Physical Worldp. 21
The Mind and the Brainp. 22
When the Brain Doesn't Knowp. 24
When the Brain Knows, But Doesn't Tellp. 27
When the Brain Tells Liesp. 29
How Brain Activity Creates False Knowledgep. 31
How to Make Your Brain Lie to Youp. 34
Checking the Reality of Our Experiencesp. 36
How Do We Know What's Real?p. 37
What a Normal Brain Tells Us about the Worldp. 40
Illusions of Awarenessp. 40
Our Secretive Brainp. 44
Our Distorting Brainp. 48
Our Creative Brainp. 50
What the Brain Tells Us about Our Bodiesp. 61
Privileged Access?p. 61
Where's the Border?p. 61
We Don't Know What We Are Doingp. 64
Who's in Control?p. 66
My Brain Can Act Perfectly Well without Mep. 68
Phantoms in the Brainp. 70
There's Nothing Wrong with Mep. 74
Who's Doing It?p. 75
Where Is the "You"?p. 77
How the Brain Does Itp. 83
Getting Ahead by Predictionp. 85
Patterns of Reward and Punishmentp. 85
How the Brain Embeds Us in the World and Then Hides Usp. 100
The Feeling of Being in Controlp. 105
When the System Failsp. 107
The Invisible Actor at the Center of the Worldp. 109
Our Perception of the World Is a Fantasy That Coincides with Realityp. 111
Our Brain Creates an Effortless Perception of the Physical Worldp. 111
The Information Revolutionp. 112
What Can Clever Machines Really Do?p. 116
A Problem with Information Theoryp. 117
The Reverend Thomas Bayesp. 119
The Ideal Bayesian Observerp. 123
How a Bayesian Brain Can Make Models of the Worldp. 125
Is There a Rhinoceros in the Room?p. 125
Where Does Prior Knowledge Come From?p. 127
How Action Tells Us about the Worldp. 130
My Perception Is Not of the World, But of My Brain's Model of the Worldp. 132
Color Is in the Brain, Not in the Worldp. 134
Perception Is a Fantasy That Coincides with Realityp. 134
We Are Not the Slaves of Our Sensesp. 135
So How Do We Know What's Real?p. 136
Imagination Is Extremely Boringp. 137
How Brains Model Mindsp. 139
Biological Motion: The Way Living Things Movep. 140
How Movements Can Reveal Intentionsp. 141
Imitationp. 144
Imitation: Perceiving the Goals of Othersp. 145
Humans and Robotsp. 148
Empathyp. 149
The Experience of Agencyp. 151
The Problem with Privileged Accessp. 155
Illusions of Agencyp. 156
Hallucinating Other Agentsp. 157
Culture and the Brainp. 161
Sharing Minds - How the Brain Creates Culturep. 163
The Problem with Translationp. 163
Meanings and Goalsp. 165
Solving the Inverse Problemp. 166
Prior Knowledge and Prejudicep. 167
What Will He Do Next?p. 168
Other People Are Contagiousp. 169
Communication Is More Than Just Speakingp. 170
Teaching Is Not Just a Demonstration To Be Imitatedp. 171
Closing the Loopp. 173
Fork Handles: The Two Ronnies Close the Loop (Eventually)p. 174
Fully Closing the Loopp. 175
Knowledge Can Be Sharedp. 175
Knowledge Is Powerp. 177
The Truthp. 179
Epilogue: Me and My Brainp. 184
Chris Frith and Ip. 184
Searching for the Will in the Brainp. 185
Where Is the Top in Top-Down Control?p. 186
The Homunculusp. 188
This Book Is Not About Consciousnessp. 189
Why Are People So Nice (as Long as They Are Treated Fairly)?p. 190
Even an Illusion Has Responsibilitiesp. 191
The Evidencep. 294
Illustrations and Text Creditsp. 218
Indexp. 226

Book description

Written by one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, Making Up the Mind is the first accessible account of experimental studies showing how the brain creates our mental world.

  • Uses evidence from brain imaging, psychological experiments and studies of patients to explore the relationship between the mind and the brain

  • Demonstrates that our knowledge of both the mental and physical comes to us through models created by our brain

  • Shows how the brain makes communication of ideas from one mind to another possible

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