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by Susan Greenfield

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Title:The Private Life of the Brain
Authors:Susan Greenfield
Info:Wiley (2000), Hardcover, 0272 pages
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The author essentially tries to build a model of the brain, in which the various states of consciousness correspond with various configurations of neurons within the brain. This does seem convincing, but then, I don't know enough about the subject to say whether this is merely plausible or actually a step forward in our understanding.
  CharlesFerdinand | Dec 29, 2010 |
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What's going on in there? One of the great scientific and philosophical mysteries is how a few pounds of wet, salty cobwebs can give rise to the rich experience that we call consciousness. Oxford neuroscientist Susan Greenfield peers inside the dimly lit skull to show us what she thinks is going on in The Private Life of the Brain. Greenfield has a facility for explaining tricky scientific concepts in language that can engage any reader. She presents the basics of contemporary thought on consciousness as they relate to her own theory, which involves a continuum of experience between sensual, emotional grounding in the surrounding world and rational, cognitive withdrawal into mental life. Arguing from a wide range of animal and human research, and drawing on the work of philosophers John Searle and Daniel Dennett, she makes her case compellingly but gently, granting that other theories might also hold in this still-uncharted territory. Looking in depth at depression, drug use, and fear, Greenfield shows how each is explained by her continuum theory and how each relates to the life of the human organism as a whole. Could it be true that as our minds work harder, our hearts lose some feeling, and vice versa? It's an intriguing, thought-provoking idea, one that alone makes The Private Life of the Brain essential reading for minds seeking self-enlightenment. --Rob Lightner

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"Rich in insights from such diverse realms as pharmacology, psychology, neuroscience and everyday life. The Private Life of the Brain traces the life of the mind and reveals how our childhood experiences, intense emotions like fear and euphoria, and the drugs that induce these extreme feelings dramatically affect who we are. She argues that emotions exist at the core of our consciousness to a greater or lesser degree, depending on how much we are using - or losing - our mind at any given moment."--Jacket.… (more)

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