Mind Is Flat: The Remarkable Shallowness of the Improvising Brain

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Yale University Press, 7 aug. 2018 - 320 pagina's
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In a radical reinterpretation of how the mind works, an eminent behavioral scientist reveals the illusion of mental depth

Psychologists and neuroscientists struggle with how best to interpret human motivation and decision making. The assumption is that below a mental “surface” of conscious awareness lies a deep and complex set of inner beliefs, values, and desires that govern our thoughts, ideas, and actions, and that to know this depth is to know ourselves.

In this profoundly original book, behavioral scientist Nick Chater contends just the opposite: rather than being the plaything of unconscious currents, the brain generates behaviors in the moment based entirely on our past experiences. Engaging the reader with eye-opening experiments and visual examples, the author first demolishes our intuitive sense of how our mind works, then argues for a positive interpretation of the brain as a ceaseless and creative improviser.
 

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Vociferously claims that we don't have an inner world, but the text admits we do have history, memory, patterns, habits. Volledige review lezen

Inhoudsopgave

The Narrow Channel of Consciousness
146
The Myth of Unconscious Thought
160
The Boundary of Consciousness
175
Precedents not Principles
192
The Secret of Intelligence
205
Reinventing Ourselves
220
Notes
225
Index
245

The Inconstant Imagination
73
Inventing Feelings 21
91
Manufacturing Choice
109
Part two The Improvised Mind
125
The Cycle of Thought
127
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Over de auteur (2018)

Nick Chater is professor of behavioral science at the Warwick Business School and cofounder of Decision Technology Ltd. He has contributed to more than two hundred articles and book chapters and is author, coauthor, or coeditor of fourteen books.

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