The Resource The creative loop : how the brain makes a mind, Erich Harth

The creative loop : how the brain makes a mind, Erich Harth

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The creative loop : how the brain makes a mind
Title
The creative loop
Title remainder
how the brain makes a mind
Statement of responsibility
Erich Harth
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Where is the seat of consciousness within the brain? How can we account for a continuum that begins with cells and neurochemicals and ends with such ethereal qualities as imagination, creativity, and that elusive being we call the "self"?" "In The Creative Loop, Erich Harth, a distinguished researcher in the physics of perception, offers a persuasive theory that explains in detailed fashion how the brain creates the conscious self, the "I" that we all experience as separate from the "It" of the rest of the world." "The split known as the "mind-body problem" is, of course, one of the oldest questions of science and philosophy and is still among the most hotly debated today. The classical view held that there was some sort of spirit or homunculus hovering above the physical brain, looking down on the central stage of our perceptions. The prevailing scientific view today rejects not only spirit but also the very hope of there being any "central meaner" observing and making sense of experience, preferring to see unified consciousness itself as a delusion. Whereas Marvin Minsky offers us The Society of Mind and the philosopher Daniel Dennett even describes "an army of idiots" within our brains, Harth presents a view, based on long-known but generally overlooked features of brain structure, that flies in the face of orthodox materialism."
  • "Harth takes us out of the old Newtonian world of machine models of the brain and into the almost mystical realm of contemporary physics, focusing on specific structures - the relays within the sensory pathways linking the sense organs and the cerebral cortex - that send information back and forth. It is these relays that, in Harth's view, ultimately give rise to consciousness and creativity. Each relay serves as a "sketch pad" where perceptions are received and modified before being passed along. Thus what reaches the cortex is not the unvarnished truth but a truth filtered and personalized through improvisation, much like a child talking to herself as she practices her language ability. There is, then, in Harth's view, a unified consciousness built up within the biology of the brain. It simply does not reside atop the system, but rather is deeply embedded within this "hall of mirrors" at the bottom." "Unlike the orthodox view which finds no place for freedom of the will in its description of the brain, Harth's approach is a celebration of the messy, intuitive nature of human consciousness and the creativity it exhibits. The beauty of this theory, and of this often lyrical book, lies in its reconciliation of the cold facts of biology and physics with our most humanistic aspirations."--BOOK JACKET
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Harth, Erich
Dewey number
612.8/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QP360
LC item number
.H34 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1994 D-611
  • WL 300
NLM item number
H328c 1993
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  • Brain
  • Mind and body
  • Mind-brain identity theory
  • Biophysics
  • Brain
  • Biophysics
  • Neurophysiology
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The creative loop : how the brain makes a mind, Erich Harth
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-189) and index
Extent
1 online resource (xxv, 196 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1029034451
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The creative loop : how the brain makes a mind, Erich Harth
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-189) and index
Extent
1 online resource (xxv, 196 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1029034451

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