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Mistaken Identity
The Mind-Brain Problem Reconsidered
Mistaken Identity
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Leslie Brothers - Author
SUNY series in Science, Technology, and Society
Price: $49.50 
Hardcover - 112 pages
Release Date: November 2001
ISBN10: 0-7914-5187-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5187-8

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Paperback - 112 pages
Release Date: November 2001
ISBN10: 0-7914-5188-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5188-5

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Summary

This “unauthorized biography” of cognitive neuroscience unveils hidden errors in current mind-body accounts and sheds new light on basic scientific issues.

Neuroscientist Leslie Brothers argues that our understanding of the brain is determined by popular beliefs about the mind. She critiques “neuroism,” which explains the mind in terms of individual brains, and shows that widely held assumptions about the promise of contemporary brain research are largely false. This book opens up new territory as it uncovers the real connections among human biology, human sociality, and the mind.

“Mistaken Identity is a bold, incisive, witty, provocative examination of one of the most pressing philosophical and scientific problems of our time, and could become a significant new rallying point in the consciousness wars.” — John Horgan, author of The Undiscovered Mind: How the Human Brain Defies Replication, Medication, and Explanation

“This book provides a subtle and very important criticism of many ordinary ways of understanding the relation of mind and brain.” — Nancey Murphy, coeditor of Neuroscience and the Person: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action

Leslie Brothers is a private consultant in Los Angeles and the author of Friday's Footprint: How Society Shapes the Human Mind.


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Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Mind-Brain Problem
2. Pictures
3. Problem? What Problem?
4. Bringing out the Hammers and Saws
5. Let's Not Be Critical
6. Getting It Wrong
7. Cults, Mysteries, and Money
8. An Unequal Match
9. Social Neuroscience
10. Look Again

Notes
Reference
Index



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