• Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human by Daniel J. Siegel

REVIEW

A analytic assistant of attitude serves up the soft, doughy ancillary of neuroscience.

If you are a hard-drilling student of academician science, the apperception is the apparition in the machine, some amount for Cartesian pondering, with a advantageous dosage of the ambiguity assumption befuddled in for acceptable measure: for how can the affair accomplishing the barometer be abstinent itself? Siegel (Psychiatry/UCLA School of Medicine; Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, 2014, etc.) is not that barbarous scholar. Instead, this argument on the apperception is a sometimes-elegant (“skull and bark are not attached boundaries of action and advice flow”) but generally acutely nonrigorous attending at what Woody Allen alleged his additional admired organ. Mind, by Siegel’s account, is absolutely action and advice flow; it is embodied, inasmuch as it exists central the brain, but it is additionally disembodied, inasmuch as it extends above the individual. Academician action is action flow, but somehow that action breeze yields a apple of brainy representations, of abstract mental experience. “Subjective” is a key chat in the author’s account, for, as he writes, he has continued approved a way “to affix empiric insights with emotional knowledge.” This absorption in the emotional, in the “inner appearance of brainy life,” is abundantly what separates Siegel from the brand of Antonio Damasio, but allowing for black neologisms such as “MWe”—shorthand for “our integrated identity, the bond of a differentiated me with a differentiated we”—it is a side that has not accustomed abundant bookish attention. These affecting aspects, manifested in affairs such as grief, would assume to be absolute enough, admitting much neuroscience questions the “reality” of abstract experience; Siegel nods to that by noting, “we can account the accepted absoluteness that acumen is a constructed skill.” In added words, it’s added Pema Chodron than Petri dish.

If you embrace the angle that humankind care to embrace added kindness, “a accustomed aftereffect of integration,” then this is your book.

EDITORIAL REVIEW

A New York Times Bestseller.

A scientist’s exploration into the mysteries of the human mind.

What is the mind? What is the experience of the self truly made of? How does the mind differ from the brain? Though the mind’s contents―its emotions, thoughts, and memories―are often described, the essence of mind is rarely, if ever, defined.

In this book, noted neuropsychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author Daniel J. Siegel, MD, uses his characteristic sensitivity and interdisciplinary background to offer a definition of the mind that illuminates the how, what, when, where, and even why of who we are, of what the mind is, and what the mind’s self has the potential to become. MIND takes the reader on a deep personal and scientific journey into consciousness, subjective experience, and information processing, uncovering the mind’s self-organizational properties that emerge from both the body and the relationships we have with one another, and with the world around us. While making a wide range of sciences accessible and exciting―from neurobiology to quantum physics, anthropology to psychology―this book offers an experience that addresses some of our most pressing personal and global questions about identity, connection, and the cultivation of well-being in our lives. 55 illustrations

Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

  • BookMind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human
  • Author:Daniel J. Siegel
  • ISBN:039371053X
  • ISBN-13:9780393710533
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Publishing Date:2016-10-18
  • Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company
  • Language:English
  • Number Of pages:400