Mystery of the Mind

Mystery of the Mind : A Critical Study of Consciousness and the Human Brain

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In the past fifty years scientists have begun to discover how the human brain functions. In this book Wilder Penfield, whose work has been at the forefront of such research, describes the current state of knowledge about the brain and asks to what extent recent findings explain the action of the mind. He offers the general reader a glimpse of exciting discoveries usually accessible to only a few scientists. He writes: "Throughout my own scientific career I, like other scientists, have struggled to prove that the brain accounts for the mind. But perhaps the time has come when we may profitably consider the evidence as it stands, and ask the question...Can the mind be explained by what is now known about the brain?" The central question, he points out, is whether man's being is determined by his body alone or by mind and body as separate elements. Before suggesting an answer, he gives a fascinating account of his experience as a neurosurgeon and scientist observing the brain in conscious patients. Originally published in 1975.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 152 x 235 x 8.64mm | 227g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 0691614784
  • 9780691614786
  • 77,256

Table of contents

*Frontmatter, pg. i*Contents, pg. vii*Preface, pg. ix*Foreword, pg. xvii*Introduction, pg. xxiv*1. Sherringtonian Alternatives-Two Fundamental Elements or Only One?, pg. 1*2. To Consciousness the Brain Is Messenger, pg. 7*3. Neuronal Action within the Brain, pg. 11*4. Sensory and Voluntary-Motor Organization, pg. 14*5. The Indispensable Substratum of Consciousness, pg. 18*6. The Stream of Consciousness Electrically Reactivated, pg. 21*7. Physiological Interpretation of an Epileptic Seizure, pg. 28*8. An Early Conception of Memory Mechanisms - And a Late Conclusion, pg. 31*9. The Interpretive Cortex, pg. 34*10. An Automatic Sensory-Motor Mechanism, pg. 37*11. Centrencephalic Integration and Coordination, pg. 44*12. The Highest Brain-Mechanism, pg. 46*13. The Stream of Consciousness, pg. 49*14. Introspection by Patient and Surgeon, pg. 51*15. Doubling of Awareness, pg. 55*16. Brain as Computer, Mind as Programmer, pg. 57*17. What the Automatic Mechanism Can Do, pg. 60*18. Recapitulation, pg. 62*19. Relationship of Mind to Brain-A Case Example, pg. 67*20. Man's Being-A Choice Between Two Explanations, pg. 73*21. Comprehensibility, pg. 83*Reflections, pg. 91*Afterthoughts by the Author, pg. 102*Bibliography, pg. 116*Index, pg. 119
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