The Big Questions: Mind

The Big Questions: Mind

by Richard M. Restak

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ISBN-13: 9781623654979
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 746,967
File size: 685 KB

About the Author

Dr. Restak is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. His post-graduate training included a rotating internship at St Vincent's Hospital in New York, psychiatric residencies at Mount Sinai Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital, and a residency in neurology at George Washington Hospital in Washington, DC. Concurrently, he is Clinical Professor of Neurology at George Washington Hospital University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He has written numerous books on the human brain.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Can We Have a Mind Without a Body? Are we creatures of pure thought? 8

How Do Brains Come to Exist? The development of the human brain 19

Can We Build a Super-Brain? Achieving the highest levels of brain performance 29

How Do We Make Sense of Sensation? Seeing things as we are 40

What Does It Mean to Be Conscious? Problems of identity and awareness 49

What Makes the Human Brain Special? Looking under the hood 59

Can Brains Communicate Without Words? The secrets of body language 68

What Is The 'I' In Our Brain? The quintessential identity problem 78

Is Free Will An Illusion? Does our brain already know what we're going to do? 87

What is Thinking? Putting our minds to work 96

What Does a Brain Do When it is Doing Nothing? The pleasures and perils of mind wandering 105

Is It Possible to Think of Two Things at Once? The dangers of multitasking and thought suppression 114

What is Knowledge? What do we know and how do we know that we know it? 124

How Do We Step Out of the Here and Now? Processing the past and the future 133

Where Do Empathy and Altruism Come From? Seeing ourselves in others 142

What is This Thing Called Love? Addiction, pure sex, evolutionary necessity or a beautiful relationship? 153

What Happens When We Get Angry? Fury and the frontal lobes 163

Do Dreams Have Meaning? Random noise or vital insight into the unconscious? 172

Does the Mind Play Tricks? Illusion, reality and the mind 182

Are Machines Scrambling Our Brains? Flunking in new and different ways 190

Glossary 200

Index 203

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