Brave New Mind: A Thoughtful Inquiry into the Nature and Meaning of Mental Life

Hardcover | March 15, 2000

byPeter Dodwell

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How was the standard model of the mind developed? Is it adequate? And is there a place in this model for the creative genius of artists, scientists, and mathematicians? This book looks at how scientists investigate the nature of the mind and the brain, providing answers to these importantquestions. It opens with a description of the historical roots of cognitive science and analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the standard model of the mind, including its inability to account for the many dramatic features of human achievement. The final chapter develops the notion that humancreativity and the unfolding of human consciousness demand two things: that we acknowledge the central role that ideals play in human knowledge and conduct and that such ideals have no role in the standard model. Brave New Mind proposes a new image of humankind that accommodates the place of idealsand creativity in cognition and life, without abandoning the scientific ideals of empirical soundness and theoretical rigor.

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In Brave New Mind, Peter C. Dodwell looks at the agreement structure of the mind called the "standard model." How did it develop? Is it sufficient? Can the model house the creative genius of the scientists, the artists and mathematicians? How important is it to attempt this accommodation? This transcript examines how scientists study ...

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How was the standard model of the mind developed? Is it adequate? And is there a place in this model for the creative genius of artists, scientists, and mathematicians? This book looks at how scientists investigate the nature of the mind and the brain, providing answers to these importantquestions. It opens with a description of the hi...

Peter Dodwell is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Queens University at Kingston in Ontario, Canada.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 0.98 inPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195089057

ISBN - 13:9780195089059

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Table of Contents

1. The Scope of Cognitive Science2. The Psychological Underpinnings of Cognitive Science3. Other Paths in Cognitive Science4. The Science of Mind5. Brain and Mind, a Many-Layered Enigma6. New Perspectives on Representation and Reality7. Mathematics and the Mind8. Explanation in Cognitive Science9. The Sacred RiverNotesReferencesIndex

From Our Editors

In Brave New Mind, Peter C. Dodwell looks at the agreement structure of the mind called the "standard model." How did it develop? Is it sufficient? Can the model house the creative genius of the scientists, the artists and mathematicians? How important is it to attempt this accommodation? This transcript examines how scientists study the nature of the mind and the brain, providing answers to these, and other, important questions.

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"Documenting the achievements of cognitive science, this volume is a mature retrospective on its limitations and, implicitly, its failures of intent, and this by a participant in the enterprise whose reflections reach back more than 40 years to the beginning of his academic career. It is alsoa book about the kind of science to which cognitive science aspires but cannot possibly attain given that it deals only with the 'grammar' of mental life and not with its 'drama.' Dodwell is unashamedly engaged in a metaphysical quest to renew cognitive science by calling it back to a priorunderstanding of the 'human condition.' This book is a courageous endeavor and deserves to be read not only as a critique of cognitive science, but as an autobiographical account of the enlightenment of one participant in that science. The author has opened a way for those of us whose calling it isto understand ourselves and our world. " -- Leendert P. Mos, Canadian Psychology 42:3