Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness
by Noë, Alva
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Our culture is obsessed with the brain—how it perceives; how it remembers; how it determines our intelligence, our morality, our likes and our dislikes. It’s widely believed that consciousness itself, that Holy Grail of science and philosophy, will soon be given a neural explanation. And yet, after decades of research, only one proposition about how the brain makes us conscious—how it gives rise to sensation, feeling, and subjectivity—has emerged unchallenged: we don’t have a clue.
In this inventive work, Noë suggests that rather than being something that happens inside us, consciousness is something we do. Debunking an outmoded philosophy that holds the scientific study of consciousness captive,Out of Our Headsis a fresh attempt at understanding our minds and how we interact with the world around us.
Published Date: February 2, 2010
Publisher: Hill & Wang
Page Count: 214
Size: 7.87" l x 5.18" w x 0.75" h