How Brains Make Up Their Minds

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-10-01

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Walter J. Freeman explores how we control our behavior and make sense of the world around us. Avoiding determinism both in sociobiology, which proposes that persons' genes control their brains' functioning, and in neuroscience, which posits that their brains' disposition is molded by chemistry and environmental forces, Freeman charts a new course -- one that gives individuals due credit and responsibility for their actions.

Author Biography

Walter J. Freeman is professor in the Graduate School in the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught brain science for forty years.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Self-Control and Intentionalityp. 1
Meaning and Representationp. 13
Dynamics of Neurons and Neuron Populationsp. 37
Sensation and Perceptionp. 65
Emotion and Intentional Actionp. 91
Awareness, Consciousness, and Causalityp. 115
Knowledge and Meaning in Societiesp. 141
Bibliographyp. 157
Indexp. 163
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