ISBN-10:
0691026661
ISBN-13:
9780691026664
Pub. Date:
04/22/1997
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Neuronal Man: The Biology of Mind / Edition 1

Neuronal Man: The Biology of Mind / Edition 1

by Jean-Pierre Changeux, Laurence Garey
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ISBN-13: 9780691026664
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/22/1997
Series: Princeton Science Library , #21
Edition description: With a New preface by Vernon B. Mountcastle
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


Jean-Pierre Changeux is Professor of Neurobiology at the Collège de France and Director of the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory at the Institut Pasteur, Paris. His books include Conversations on Mind, Matter, and Mathmatics (Princeton) with Alain Connes, and Raison et Plaisir.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Princeton Science Library Edition

Preface

1 The "Organ of the Soul" - from Ancient Egypt to the Belle Epoque 3

Man Thinks with His Brain 3

Body and Soul 7

Phrenology 13

The Neuron 21

Electric Current and "Medicinal Substances" 29

The "Good Sense" of History 36

2 The Component Parts of the Brain 38

The Macroscopic View of the Brain 39

The Expansion of the Neocortex 43

Microcircuits 46

Wiring 52

Modules or Crystals 58

From Mouse to Man 65

3 Animal Spirits 67

Cerebral Electricity 68

The Nerve Signal 73

Oscillators 77

From One Neuron to Another 83

The Keys to Molecule Locks 90

"Psychic Atoms" Reexamined 95

4 Into Action 97

To Sing and to Flee 98

To Drink and to Suffer 103

To Enjoy and to Be Angry 107

To Reach Orgasm 112

To Analyze 115

To Speak and to Do 120

From Stimulus to Response 124

5 Mental Objects 126

The Materiality of Mental Images 127

From Percept to Concept and Thought 130

Toward a Biological Theory of Mental Objects 134

Assembling the Neurons 140

Problems of Consciousness 145

Attention 151

The Calculation of Emotion 158

Seeing Mental Objects 161

The Substance of the Spirit 168

6 The Power of the Genes 170

Anatomical Mutations 171

Heredity and Behavior 175

The Simplicity of the Genome and the Complexity of the Brain 180

The Automaton Cell 186

The Embryo System 191

The Genesis of the Cortex 195

The Predestination of the Brain 202

7 Epigenesis 205

Differences between Identical Twins 206

The Behavior of the Growth Cone 212

Regression and Redundancy 216

The Dreams of the Embryo 220

Building the Synapse 223

The Theory of Epigenesis by Selective Stabilization of Synapses 227

The Experimental Testing of Epigenesis 229

Hemispheric Specialization - a Genetic or Epigenetic Process? 235

The Cultural Imprint 241

"To Learn Is to Eliminate" 246

8 Anthropogenesis 250

Monkey Chromosomes 251

Fossil Puzzles 255

The Winks of the Young Chimpanzee 259

Genes for Communication and Selective Stabilization 264

The Genetics of Australopithecus 268

The "Phenomenon of Man" Reconsidered 271

9 The Brain - Representation of the World 273

Glossary 285

Notes 293

Bibliography 301

Index 333


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