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    The Physiology of Truth: Neuroscience and Human Knowledge (Mind/brain/behavior Initiative) (Paperback) By (author) Jean-Pierre Changeux, Translated by M. B. Debevoise

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    DescriptionIn 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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    The Physiology of Truth
    Neuroscience and Human Knowledge
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean-Pierre Changeux, Translated by M. B. Debevoise
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674032606
    ISBN 10: 0674032608

    BIC E4L: PSY
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.3
    BIC subject category V2: JMM
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    B&T General Subject: 670
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25340
    LC classification: QP
    BISAC V2.8: PSY020000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 612.8
    Abridged Dewey: 612
    BISAC V2.8: PHI015000
    Thema V1.0: JMM
    Illustrations note
    39 halftones, 28 line illustrations
    Imprint name
    The Belknap Press
    Publication date
    31 March 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "[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