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Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

by Dean Buonomano


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"Beautifully written, eloquently reasoned…Mr. Buonomano takes us off and running on an edifying scientific journey." —Carol Tavris, Wall Street Journal

In Your Brain Is a Time Machine, leading neuroscientist Dean Buonomano embarks on an "immensely engaging" exploration of how time works inside the brain (Barbara Kiser, Nature). The human brain, he argues, is a complex system that not only tells time, but creates it; it constructs our sense of chronological movement and enables "mental time travel"—simulations of future and past events. These functions are essential not only to our daily lives but to the evolution of the human race: without the ability to anticipate the future, mankind would never have crafted tools or invented agriculture. This virtuosic work of popular science will lead you to a revelation as strange as it is true: your brain is, at its core, a time machine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393355604
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 334,844
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dean Buonomano is a professor of neurobiology and psychology at UCLA and a leading theorist on the neuroscience of time. His previous book, Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Table of Contents

Part I Brain Time

1:00 Flavors of Time 3

2:00 The Best Time Machine You'll Ever Own 17

3:00 Day and Night 34

4:00 The Sixth Sense 57

5:00 Patterns in Time 79

6:00 Time, Neural Dynamics, and Chaos 101

Part II The Physical and Mental Nature of Time

7:00 Keeping Time 127

8:00 Time: What the Hell Is It? 144

9.00 The Spatialization of Time in Physics 157

10:00 The Spatialization of Time in Neuroscience 179

11:00 Mental Time Travel 195

12:00 Consciousness: Binding the Past and the Future 215

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 237

Bibliography 255

Index 279

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