The Physiology of Truth: Neuroscience and Human Knowledge (L'Homme de Verite)

The Physiology of Truth: Neuroscience and Human Knowledge (L'Homme de Verite)

by Jean-Pierre Changeux
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674012836

ISBN-13: 9780674012837

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Harvard University Press

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

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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. On this view, belief in objective knowledge is not a mere ideological slogan or a naïve confusion; it is a characteristic feature of human cognition throughout evolution, and the scientific method its most sophisticated embodiment. Seeking to reconcile science and humanism, Changeux holds that the capacity to recognize truths that are independent of subjective personal experience constitutes the foundation of a human civil society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674012837
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Thinking Matter7
2The Acquisition of Knowledge39
3States of Consciousness71
4Knowledge and Social Life111
5From Genes to Brain152
6Neuronal Epigenesis and Cultural Evolution184
7Scientific Research and the Search for Truth211
8The Humanity of Science236
Conclusion258
Notes267
Credits305
Acknowledgments311
Index313

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