Brave New Mind: A Thoughtful Inquiry into the Nature and Meaning of Mental Life by Peter DodwellBrave New Mind: A Thoughtful Inquiry into the Nature and Meaning of Mental Life by Peter Dodwell

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

byPeter Dodwell

Hardcover | March 15, 2000

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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.
Peter Dodwell is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Queens University at Kingston in Ontario, Canada.
Title:Brave New Mind: A Thoughtful Inquiry into the Nature and Meaning of Mental LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 0.98 inPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brave New Mind "Here is a note from the author. The book concerns the way cognitive science, a rather new field, pictures the mind. The picture (called the standard model) has strengths, but fails to address the spontaneity and originality of creative individuals. It deals with the "grammar", rather than the "drama" of mind. Can the latter be addressed in a scientifically valid way? My answer is Yes, provided it's done with care. One specific area of neglect concerns Ideals, all the way from mathematics and the fine arts to the principles (including ethical ones) by which we guide our lives. Taking them into account yields a far richer and more vibrant picture of the mind than the standard model's. My approach takes its cue from the "Three Worlds" conception of Karl Popper (concerning what there is, and how we can know about it); one of its great strengths is his demonstration - actually a proof - that the material world, his w1, is not "closed", does not encompass everything. The history and ongoing development of civilization and culture yields other intuitions about the brave new mind. Our picture of it can't be too pale or mechanical. It must be robust, have heart. It must accommodatethe drama of mind!"
Date published: 2000-05-30

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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