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The Escape of the Mind

Howard Rachlin


This book calls into question what is perhaps our most basic, most cherished, and universally accepted belief—that our minds are inside our bodies. Where else, you ask, can your mind possibly be? The counterintuitive position of the book is that our minds, conscious and unconscious, lie not where our firmest (yet unsupported) introspections tell us they are, but rather in how we actually behave over the long run. The book argues that our apparent introspections, no matter how positive we are about them, tell us absolutely nothing about our minds. The name of this approach to the mind is “teleo ... More

Keywords: introspection, mind, neuroscience, behavior, secular morality, self-control, social cooperation, teleological behaviorism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199322350
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199322350.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Howard Rachlin, author
State University of New York, Stony Brook