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The Lost SelfPathologies of the Brain and Identity$
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Todd E. Feinberg and Julian Paul Keenan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173413

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173413.001.0001

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Neural Hierarchies and the Self

Neural Hierarchies and the Self

(p.33) 4 Neural Hierarchies and the Self
The Lost Self


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This chapter presents a model for the neurological underpinnings of the self. Drawing upon the prior models of Maclean, Mesulum, and others, the neural hierarchy of the self is organized into roughly seven nested hierarchical levels. It is argued that meaning provides the constraint necessary for the unity of the mind's “inner eye”, and that purpose provides the constraint necessary for the highest and most intentional actions.

Keywords:   self, neural hierarchy, meaning, purpose, intentional actions

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