Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality

Paperback | May 15, 2012

byPaul L. Nunez

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Does the brain create the mind, or is some external entity involved? In addressing this "hard problem" of consciousness, we face a central human challenge: what do we really know and how do we know it? Tentative answers in this book follow from a synthesis of profound ideas, borrowed fromphilosophy, religion, politics, economics, neuroscience, physics, mathematics, and cosmology, the knowledge structures supporting our meager grasps of reality. This search for new links in the web of human knowledge extends in many directions: the "shadows" of our thought processes revealed by brain imagining, brains treated as complex adaptive systems that reveal fractal-like behavior in the brain's nested hierarchy, resonant interactions facilitatingfunctional connections in brain tissue, probability and entropy as measures of human ignorance, fundamental limits on human knowledge, and the central role played by information in both brains and physical systems. In Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality, Paul Nunez discusses the possibility of deep connections between relativity, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and consciousness: all entities involved with fundamental information barriers. Dr. Nunez elaborates on possible new links in this nested webof human knowledge that may tell us something new about the nature and origins of consciousness. In the end, does the brain create the mind? Or is the Mind already out there? You decide.

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Does the brain create the mind, or is some external entity involved? In addressing this "hard problem" of consciousness, we face a central human challenge: what do we really know and how do we know it? Tentative answers in this book follow from a synthesis of profound ideas, borrowed fromphilosophy, religion, politics, economics, neuro...

Paul L. Nunez, PhD is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Many Faces of Consciousness2. Ethics, Religion, and the Identity of Self3. States of Mind4. Why Hearts Don't Love and Brains Don't Pump5. EEG: A Window on the Mind6. Dynamic Patterns as Shadows of Thought7. Networks, Waves, and Resonant Binding8. The Limits of Science: What Do We Really Know?9. Modern Physics, Cosmology, and Consciousness10. The Weird Behavior of Quantum Systems11. Ontological Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics12. Does the Brain Create the Mind?NotesIndex