How The Self Controls Its Brain

Author: John C. Eccles
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 364249224X
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How The Self Controls Its Brain from the Author: John C. Eccles. In this book the author has collected a number of his important works and added an extensive commentary relating his ideas to those of other prominentnames in the consciousness debate. The view presented here is that of a convinced dualist who challenges in a lively and humorous way the prevailing materialist "doctrines" of many recent works. Also included is a new attempt to explain mind-brain interaction via a quantum process affecting the release of neurotransmitters. John Eccles received a knighthood in 1958 and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine/Physiology in 1963. He has numerous other awards honouring his major contributions to neurophysiology.

Consciousness Studies

Author: Books Llc
Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
ISBN: 9781156946374
Size: 80.91 MB
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Consciousness Studies from the Author: Books Llc. Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 114. Chapters: Optical illusion, Quantum suicide and immortality, Mental event, Neural Darwinism, Egolessness, Unconsciousness, How the Self Controls Its Brain, Consciousness Explained, Sentience, Qualia, Trance, Subliminal stimuli, Artificial consciousness, Neural correlates of consciousness, Up from Dragons, Implicate and explicate order according to David Bohm, Intentionality, Multiple Drafts Model, Change blindness, Self-awareness, 8-Circuit Model of Consciousness, Exoconsciousness, Eight Consciousnesses, Electromagnetic theories of consciousness, Visual short term memory, Five wisdoms, Psychonautics, Global Consciousness Project, Mirror test, Sociology of human consciousness, Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab, Altered state of consciousness, Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge, List of optical illusions, Reality tunnel, Autopoiesis, William James Prize, Many-minds interpretation, Mind-wandering, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Neurophenomenology, Mythopoeic thought, Holonomic brain theory, Hard problem of consciousness, Subconscious, Global Workspace Theory, Shadows of the Mind, Integrated Information Theory, Ego integrity, Adaptive unconscious, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Rouge test, Focus level, Christian de Quincey, Reflexive self-consciousness, Indefinite monism, The Ghost in the Machine, Cosmic consciousness, New Mysterianism, The Emperor's New Mind, Conscious enterprise, Internal monologue, Stream of consciousness, The Astonishing Hypothesis, Subpersonality, Bridge locus, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Explanatory gap, Society of Mind, Subjective character of experience, Prometheus Rising, Janus: A Summing Up, Cartesian theater, Affect consciousness, Self-model theory of subjectivity, The Mechanism of the Mind, Unhappy consciousness, Mind Science Foundation, Online Consciou...

Self Control In Society Mind And Brain

Author: Ran Hassin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019974162X
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Self Control In Society Mind And Brain from the Author: Ran Hassin. This book presents social, cognitive and neuroscientific approaches to the study of self-control, connecting recent work in cognitive and social psychology with recent advances in cognitive and social neuroscience. In bringing together multiple perspectives on self-control dilemmas from internationally renowned researchers in various allied disciplines, this is the first single-reference volume to illustrate the richness, depth, and breadth of the research in the new field of self control.

The Willpower Instinct

Author: Kelly McGonigal
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101553731
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The Willpower Instinct from the Author: Kelly McGonigal. Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course "The Science of Willpower," The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters. For example, readers will learn: Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue. It is a biological function that can be improved through mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and sleep. Willpower is not an unlimited resource. Too much self-control can actually be bad for your health. Temptation and stress hijack the brain's systems of self-control, but the brain can be trained for greater willpower Guilt and shame over your setbacks lead to giving in again, but self-forgiveness and self-compassion boost self-control. Giving up control is sometimes the only way to gain self-control. Willpower failures are contagious—you can catch the desire to overspend or overeat from your friends­­—but you can also catch self-control from the right role models. In the groundbreaking tradition of Getting Things Done, The Willpower Instinct combines life-changing prescriptive advice and complementary exercises to help readers with goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting, less procrastination, better health, and greater productivity at work.

The Marshmallow Test

Author: Walter Mischel
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316230855
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The Marshmallow Test from the Author: Walter Mischel. Renowned psychologist Walter Mischel, designer of the famous Marshmallow Test, explains what self-control is and how to master it. A child is presented with a marshmallow and given a choice: Eat this one now, or wait and enjoy two later. What will she do? And what are the implications for her behavior later in life? The world's leading expert on self-control, Walter Mischel has proven that the ability to delay gratification is critical for a successful life, predicting higher SAT scores, better social and cognitive functioning, a healthier lifestyle and a greater sense of self-worth. But is willpower prewired, or can it be taught? In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life--from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.

Stairway To The Mind

Author: Alwyn Scott
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387943817
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Stairway To The Mind from the Author: Alwyn Scott. Human consciousness has perplexed philosophers, artists and scientists for centuries. Some hold it to be purely physical, while others believe it transcends the material world. Now comes a book that offers a new perspective - based entirely on evidence from the natural sciences - whereby materialism and dualism co-exist. The author - a distinguished pioneer of nonlinear dynamics - bases his argument on a hierarchical view of mental organization; a stairway. Atoms give rise to molecules, neurons form the brain and individual consciousness leads to shared culture. All steps are needed to complete the picture and each level derives from the previous one. The book shows specialists how each of their fields adds to the overall picture, while providing general readers with an introduction to this investigation.

Touching A Nerve Our Brains Our Selves

Author: Patricia S. Churchland
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393240630
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Touching A Nerve Our Brains Our Selves from the Author: Patricia S. Churchland. A trailblazing philosopher’s exploration of the latest brain science—and its ethical and practical implications. What happens when we accept that everything we feel and think stems not from an immaterial spirit but from electrical and chemical activity in our brains? In this thought-provoking narrative—drawn from professional expertise as well as personal life experiences—trailblazing neurophilosopher Patricia S. Churchland grounds the philosophy of mind in the essential ingredients of biology. She reflects with humor on how she came to harmonize science and philosophy, the mind and the brain, abstract ideals and daily life. Offering lucid explanations of the neural workings that underlie identity, she reveals how the latest research into consciousness, memory, and free will can help us reexamine enduring philosophical, ethical, and spiritual questions: What shapes our personalities? How do we account for near-death experiences? How do we make decisions? And why do we feel empathy for others? Recent scientific discoveries also provide insights into a fascinating range of real-world dilemmas—for example, whether an adolescent can be held responsible for his actions and whether a patient in a coma can be considered a self. Churchland appreciates that the brain-based understanding of the mind can unnerve even our greatest thinkers. At a conference she attended, a prominent philosopher cried out, “I hate the brain; I hate the brain!” But as Churchland shows, he need not feel this way. Accepting that our brains are the basis of who we are liberates us from the shackles of superstition. It allows us to take ourselves seriously as a product of evolved mechanisms, past experiences, and social influences. And it gives us hope that we can fix some grievous conditions, and when we cannot, we can at least understand them with compassion.

The Self Illusion

Author: Bruce Hood
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019989759X
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The Self Illusion from the Author: Bruce Hood. Most of us believe that we are unique and coherent individuals, but are we? The idea of a "self" has existed ever since humans began to live in groups and become sociable. Those who embrace the self as an individual in the West, or a member of the group in the East, feel fulfilled and purposeful. This experience seems incredibly real but a wealth of recent scientific evidence reveals that this notion of the independent, coherent self is an illusion - it is not what it seems. Reality as we perceive it is not something that objectively exists, but something that our brains construct from moment to moment, interpreting, summarizing, and substituting information along the way. Like a science fiction movie, we are living in a matrix that is our mind. In The Self Illusion, Dr. Bruce Hood reveals how the self emerges during childhood and how the architecture of the developing brain enables us to become social animals dependent on each other. He explains that self is the product of our relationships and interactions with others, and it exists only in our brains. The author argues, however, that though the self is an illusion, it is one that humans cannot live without. But things are changing as our technology develops and shapes society. The social bonds and relationships that used to take time and effort to form are now undergoing a revolution as we start to put our self online. Social networking activities such as blogging, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter threaten to change the way we behave. Social networking is fast becoming socialization on steroids. The speed and ease at which we can form alliances and relationships is outstripping the same selection processes that shaped our self prior to the internet era. This book ventures into unchartered territory to explain how the idea of the self will never be the same again in the online social world.

Wishful Thinking And Other Philosophical Reflections

Author: Nicholas Rescher
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110321726
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Wishful Thinking And Other Philosophical Reflections from the Author: Nicholas Rescher. During 2007-2008 Nicholas Rescher continued his longstanding practice of writing occasional studies on philosophical topics, both for formal presentation and for informal discussion with colleagues. While his forays of this kind have usually been issued in journal publications, this has not been so in the present case so that the studies offered here encompass substantially new material. Notwithstanding their thematic variation, these exemplify a problem-oriented method in the treatment of philosophical issues that is characteristic of Rescher's philosophical modus operandi and inherent in its endeavors to treat classical issues from novel points of view. For Rescher usually more concerned with what should be said about a philosophical question than with what X, Y, and Z have said about it, and he inclined to address issues of the latter sort primarily as a means for addressing the former.