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Brain-Mind: From Neurons to Consciousness and Creativity

Paul Thagard


Minds enable people to perceive, imagine, solve problems, understand, learn, speak, reason, create, and be emotional and conscious. Competing explanations of how the mind works have identified it as soul, computer, brain, dynamical system, or social construction. This book explains minds in terms of interacting mechanisms operating at multiple levels, including the social, mental, neural, and molecular. Brain–Mind presents a unified, brain-based theory of cognition and emotion with applications to the most complex kinds of thinking, right up to consciousness and creativity. Unification comes f ... More

Keywords: brain, cognition, cognitive science, consciousness, creativity, emotion, mechanism, mind, representation, Semantic Pointer Architecture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190678715
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190678715.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Thagard, author
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Waterloo