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Consciousness and the Social Brain (Reprint) (Paperback) (Michael S. A. Graziano)

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What is consciousness and how can a brain, a mere collection of neurons, create it? InConsciousness and the Social Brain, Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano lays out an audacious new theory to account for the deepest mystery of them all. The human brain has evolved a complex circuitry that allows it to be socially intelligent. This social machinery has only just begun to be studied in detail. One function of this circuitry is to attribute awareness to others: to compute that person Y is aware of thing X. In Graziano's theory, the machinery that attributes awareness to others also attributes it to oneself. Damage that machinery and you disrupt your own awareness. Graziano discusses the science, the evidence, the philosophy, and the surprising implications of this new theory. Now in an affordable paperback edition!
What is consciousness and how can a brain, a mere collection of neurons, create it? InConsciousness and the Social Brain, Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano lays out an audacious new theory to account for the deepest mystery of them all. The human brain has evolved a complex circuitry that allows it to be socially intelligent. This social machinery has only just begun to be studied in detail. One function of this circuitry is to attribute awareness to others: to compute that person Y is aware of thing X. In Graziano's theory, the machinery that attributes awareness to others also attributes it to oneself. Damage that machinery and you disrupt your own awareness. Graziano discusses the science, the evidence, the philosophy, and the surprising implications of this new theory.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 268
Genre: Psychology
Sub-Genre: Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Michael S. A. Graziano
Language: English
Street Date: September 1, 2015
TCIN: 46767734
UPC: 9780190263195
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-8400
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