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Well-Tuned Brain : Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived (Hardcover) (M.D. Peter C. Whybrow)
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The Well-Tuned Brain is a call to action. Swept along by the cascading advances of today’s technology, most of us take for granted that progress brings improvement. Despite spectacular material advance, however, the evidence grows that we are failing to create a sustainable future for humanity. We are out of tune with the planet that nurtures us.Technology itself is not the problem, as Whybrow explains, but rather our behavior. Throughout its evolution the ancient brain that guides us each day has been focused on short-term survival. But fortunately we are intensely social creatures. Without the caring behaviors that flow from intimate attachments to others, we would be relying on a brain that is only marginally adapted to the complexity of the problems we must now face together. Today we must grapple with survival, not in its immediacy but over the long term.The first step in finding our way forward is to reexamine who we are as creatures of this planet. To this end, Whybrow takes us on a fascinating tour of self-discovery, drawing extensively upon his decades of experience as a psychiatrist and his broad knowledge of neuroscience and human behavior.Illustrated throughout with engaging personal stories, the book’s trove of cutting-edge science is enriched by philosophical, historical, and cultural perspectives. What emerges is a summons to rediscover the essential virtues of earlier nurturing, of mentored education, and an engagement with the natural world through curiosity and imagination.Neuroscience can open the search for a better future. But technology alone will not save us. To achieve success we will need the strength and wisdom of our better nature as humane social beings.
Why do we overeat, even if we?re not hungry? Or compulsively shop when our closets overflow with stuff? What explains our seemingly unstoppable descent into debt? The Well-Tuned Brain offers a fascinating analysis of the disruptive mismatch that has emerged?and what we can do about changing it?between the compelling material opportunity of the consumer society, together with its associated stress and workaholic demands, and who we are as evolved creatures of this planet. In eloquent prose, eminent neuropsychiatrist Peter C. Whybrow combines philosophical and historical perspectives with personal stories and the work of economists and social theorists, plus the latest discoveries in behavioral neuroscience. He demonstrates that we now have the essential self-knowledge to build a balanced and sustainable market society of responsible and ?well-tuned? individuals?one where material advance and technology serve as instruments in achieving the good life, rather than being confused with the good life itself.
Number of Pages: 380
Genre: Social Science
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Author: M.D. Peter C. Whybrow
Street Date: May 18, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-03-0988