Bright Air, Brilliant Fire
On the Matter of the Mind
By (author) Gerald M. Edelman
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Bright Air, Brilliant Fire by Gerald M. Edelman
Book DescriptionWe are on the verge of a revolution in neuroscience as significant as the Galilean revolution in physics or the Darwinian revolution in biology. Nobel laureate Gerald M. Edelman takes issue with the many current cognitive and behavioral approaches to the brain that leave biology out of the picture, and argues that the workings of the brain more closely resemble the living ecology of a jungle than they do the activities of a computer. Some startling conclusions emerge from these ideas: individuality is necessarily at the very center of what it means to have a mind, no creature is born value-free, and no physical theory of the universe can claim to be a "theory of everything" without including an account of how the brain gives rise to the mind. There is no greater scientific challenge than understanding the brain. Bright Air, Brilliant Fire is a book that provides a window on that understanding.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465007646
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 26-May-1993
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gerald M. Edelman
Second Nature, Paperback (November 2007)
Offers a theory of knowledge based on scientific findings about how the brain works and addresses the related compelling question: does the research imply that all knowledge can be reduced to scientific description?
Universe of Consciousness, Paperback (February 2001)
A Nobel Prize-winning scientist and a leading brain researcher show how the brain creates conscious experience
Topobiology, Paperback (June 1993)View all books by Gerald M. Edelman
Edelman links genetics, development, behavior, and evolution.
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Author Biography - Gerald M. Edelman
Gerald M. Edelman is director of the Neurosciences Institute and chairman of the Department of Neurobiology at the Scripps Research Institute. He received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1972. He is also the author of Bright Air, Brilliant Fire; Tobiology; and The Remembered Present.
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