The Physiology of Truth: Neuroscience and Human Knowledge

The Physiology of Truth: Neuroscience and Human Knowledge

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By (author) Jean-Pierre Changeux, Translated by Malcolm B. Debevoise

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  • Publisher: The Belknap Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 26mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 0674032608
  • ISBN 13: 9780674032606
  • Illustrations note: 39 halftones, 28 line illustrations
  • Sales rank: 728,357

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In this wide-ranging book, one of the boldest thinkers in modern neuroscience confronts an ancient philosophical problem: can we know the world as it really is? Drawing on provocative new findings about the psychophysiology of perception and judgment in both human and nonhuman primates, and also on the cultural history of science, Jean-Pierre Changeux makes a powerful case for the reality of scientific progress and argues that it forms the basis for a coherent and universal theory of human rights.

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Jean-Pierre Changeux, author of the classic Neuronal Man, is Director of the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, Professor in the College de France, and a member of the French Academy of Sciences.

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"[Changeux's] vision is at once that of the detached scientist and the deeply caring humanist - for him, the two go hand in hand. He believes that applying the standards of the scientific method to society will promote freedom of ideas and individual rights, and that from this a stable consensual agreement on truth can emerge. Let us hope that this attractive vision prevails." - Ralph Adolphs and James Woodward, Science"

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Thinking Matter 2. The Acquisition of Knowledge 3. States of Consciousness 4. Knowledge and Social Life 5. From Genes to Brain 6. Neuronal Epigenesis and Cultural Evolution 7. Scientific Research and the Search for Truth 8. The Humanity of Science Conclusion Notes Credits Acknowledgments Index