An Anatomy of Thought: The Origin and Machinery of the Mind

An Anatomy of Thought The Origin and Machinery of the Mind Drawing on a dazzling array of disciplines physiology neurology psychology anthropology linguistics and philosophy Ian Glynn explains virtually every aspect of the workings of the brain unlockin

  • Title: An Anatomy of Thought: The Origin and Machinery of the Mind
  • Author: Ian Glynn
  • ISBN: 9780195158038
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Paperback
  • Drawing on a dazzling array of disciplines physiology, neurology, psychology, anthropology, linguistics, and philosophy Ian Glynn explains virtually every aspect of the workings of the brain, unlocking the mysteries of the mind Glynn writes with exceptional clarity as he illuminates the mechanics of nerve messages the functioning of sensory receptors the processes byDrawing on a dazzling array of disciplines physiology, neurology, psychology, anthropology, linguistics, and philosophy Ian Glynn explains virtually every aspect of the workings of the brain, unlocking the mysteries of the mind Glynn writes with exceptional clarity as he illuminates the mechanics of nerve messages the functioning of sensory receptors the processes by which the brain sees, tastes, and smells the seats of language, memory, and emotions The breadth of Glynn s erudition is astonishing, as he ranges from parallel processing in computers to the specialization of different regions of the brain illustrated with fascinating instances of the bizarre effects of localized brain damage He explains the different types of memory, traces the path of information that leads to emotional responses, and engages in a discussion of language that ranges from Noam Chomsky to Hawaiian pidgin No other single volume has captured the full expanse of our knowledge of consciousness and the brain A work of unequaled authority and eloquence, this book promises to be a new landmark of scientific writing Monumental The Observer Glynn s erudition is astonishinga hugely enjoyable intellectual journey Nature

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    1. "An Anatomy of Thought" is a fascinating overview of how our minds evolved to the way they are now, and how we reached our current understanding of it. It's written well, though still the topic is by nature quite dense so this is no beach read. Also, I picked up this book thinking that it would be more like a reference guide to the parts and processes of the brain, which it isn't, at least not primarily. I'm not disappointed at all, but readers should know that this is more a guide on the evolut [...]

    2. Very detailed book about many aspects of the brain. It was pretty interesting but also long and dense and I ran out of steam about 70% of the way through. (although I did finish it!)

    3. I probably would’ve liked this book a bit more had I read it closer to it’s publication date. As it is, it was in a pile of books I got from a used bookstore so I read it more recently and, while it’s quite informative and well-written, the information in it is a bit dated and the writing style, while replete with British humor, is a little dry (though I suppose that last bit is a touch redundant). That said, most of the book deals with generalities and has therefore aged rather well, I ju [...]

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