Mintea ca întâmplare

Mintea ca întâmplare By David J. Linden Brandusa Popa, Mintea ca nt mplare Cum ne a oferit evolutia creierului iubirea memoria visele si pe DumnezeuIntr o carte deopotriva extrem de erudita si de accesibila neurosavantul David Linden contrazice asumptia larg raspandita po
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  • Mintea ca întâmplare By David J. Linden Brandusa Popa, Cum ne a oferit evolutia creierului iubirea, memoria, visele si pe DumnezeuIntr o carte deopotriva extrem de erudita si de accesibila, neurosavantul David Linden contrazice asumptia larg raspandita potrivit careia creierul este exemplul suprem de design desavarsit oferindu ne in schimb o explicatie convingatoare a modului in care evolutia aleatorie a creierului a rezultaCum ne a oferit evolutia creierului iubirea, memoria, visele si pe DumnezeuIntr o carte deopotriva extrem de erudita si de accesibila, neurosavantul David Linden contrazice asumptia larg raspandita potrivit careia creierul este exemplul suprem de design desavarsit oferindu ne in schimb o explicatie convingatoare a modului in care evolutia aleatorie a creierului a rezultat in formarea fiintelor umane Reprezentand un ghid catre lumea de multe ori ilogica a functiei neuronale, Mintea ca intamplare ne arata cum creierul nu reprezinta o masinarie de rezolvat probleme multifunctionala si optimizata, ci mai degraba o aglomerare ciudata de solutii ad hoc care au fost ingramadite una peste alta in milioane de ani de evolutie In plus, Linden ne spune modul in care constrangerile designului evoluat al creierului au condus in cele din urma la aproape fiecare particularitate specific umana copilaria noastra lunga, capacitatea de a avea o memorie extinsa, cautarea iubirii si a relatiilor de lunga durata, nevoia de a crea naratiuni convingatoare si, pana la urma, impulsul cultural universal de a crea explicatii atat religioase cat si stiintifice Prin intermediul unor incursiuni in biologia evolutionista, aceasta analiza a functiei mentale raspunde la unele dintre cele mai intalnite intrebari ale noastre despre cum am ajuns sa fim ceea ce suntem Un amestec inteligent de stiinta solida si studii de caz fascinante Cel mai puternic punct al cartii il constituie talentul lui Linden de a demistifica biologia si neurostiinta , Publishers Weekly.
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    1. David J. Linden Brandusa Popa

      David J Linden, Ph.D is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine His laboratory has worked for many years on the cellular substrates of memory storage in the brain and a few other topics He has a longstanding interest in scientific communication and served for many years as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology He is the author of two bestselling books on the biology of behavior for a general audience, The Accidental Mind Harvard Belknap, 2007 and The Compass of Pleasure Viking Press, 2011 which, to date, have been translated into 14 languages His most recent book, Touch The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind will be published by Viking Press USA Canada on January 28, 2015 He lives in Balti, Maryland with his two pleasure seeking children.

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    1. Description You ve probably seen it before a human brain dramatically lit from the side, the camera circling it like a helicopter shot of Stonehenge, and a modulated baritone voice exalting the brain s elegant design in reverent tones.To which this book says Pure nonsense In a work at once deeply learned and wonderfully accessible, the neuroscientist David Linden counters the widespread assumption that the brain is a paragon of design and in its place gives us a compelling explanation of how the [...]


    2. Linden s The Accidental Mind explores popular questions of neuroscience in an educational, yet accessible and entertaining manner.Judged purely by its raw data content, there is nothing new or revolutionary in this book but then it was written in 2007, some of it might have been news 8 years ago.Anyone with a fleeting interest in the subject will already have heard about most of the theories and neurological processes that the author discribes theories about how and why we dream, possible causes [...]


    3. I didn t really learn much from this book the examples of behavior in animals and humans, as well as the description of brain biology and neurochemistry, were all things I have read about before in various other sources The author tries to be witty, but I don t find him funny The last couple of chapters are way out in left field first an extremely speculative chapter about how the left cortex s predilection for creating a narrative to explain justify what we sense of the world could be responsib [...]


    4. Linden sets out to prove that our brains closely resemble inefficient clunkers reflecting millions of years of evolutionary tinkering, rather than sophisticated, well designed and amazing intelligent creations He discusses the structure of our brain from the lower evolutionary parts of the brain stem and cerebellum through the recent frontal lobes and cortex When discussing the brain s design, he uses a cool example of a supermodern racecar built on the Ford T plan, in which nothing of the ori [...]


    5. This is an excellent book by neuroscientist David Linden which describes how our brain has evolved kind of like one scoop of ice cream on top of another There is no master plan, rather everything wonderful that our brains are able to do is the result of this jury rigged Rube Goldberg edifice.Interesting chapters on love and sex and sleep and dreams, among others.


    6. Read this based on the strength of Compass Of Pleasure.This is one of those Copernican Darwinist Hubble Deep Field science jobs that almost gleefully describes just what an insignificant, accident of a mess humanity happens to be Some people might reach for their whiskey or their Bible, but I say, Bring it on, Dr Linden Tell me what a poorly designed sack of waffle batter my brain is, but please hurry before North Korea bombs us The thing is that a lot of brain science is still in its infancy, s [...]


    7. David Linden s The Accidental Mind is a neat little book He has two main purposes a to write a readable introduction on brain science, accessible to nonspecialists b to make the case that page 6 e brain is an inelegant and inefficient agglomeration of stuff, which nonetheless works surprisingly well As to the first point, this volume is a far cry from the magnificent work, Michael Gazzaniga s The Cognitive Neurosciences III Third Edition However, if one is not well steeped in knowledge and under [...]


    8. This text is an enjoyable read that is well paced and builds solidly from a simple, approachable beginning to a fairly high level conclusion.It s that conclusion that gives me pause The subtitle of the book lists memory, dreams, and God as equal pieces of a whole To be sure, the content of the text is divided fairly among these ideas, and the author does proceed in the stated order through the concepts What I can t shake is the feeling that the book is created with the goal of arguing that God i [...]


    9. When reading a book like this, basically non fiction, science, but written for the masses, I have very distinct criteria Basically, I want the book to be engaging, fascinating, even fun I want the book to make learning about the subject fun If, while reading the book and upon finishing it, I m sharing bits and pieces excitedly with my friends, I m very satisfied I would give Accidental Mind a B in this area The discussion of sleeping and dreaming was most interesting to me, but there are a lot o [...]


    10. I didn t love his section on gender and the brain However, everything else was spectacular This may be one of my favorite nonfiction science books of all time Without a doubt, it is most interesting book on the topic of neuroscience that I have seen Chapters one and two alone were worth the 5 star rating From the tiniest processes to the large overall picture, Linden puts what we know about neuroscience together in the best possible way If you remotely like brain science or evolution, you will l [...]


    11. Surprisingly well written book on the biology and evolution of the human brain, for the non scientific reader Linden gets just far enough into the actual science to give an idea of what s going on The brain is not elegantly designed by any means it is a cobbled together mess, which, amazingly, and in spite of its shortcomings, manages to perform a number of very impressive functions.


    12. Good, concise introduction to the topic, aimed at the lay reader but with some hard science thrown in If the hardcore biochemistry sections go over your head, that s okay they re easy to skip without losing the gist of the discussion.



    13. Our human brain is such a mystery that we know less about it than the cosmos In this book, a bit wider topic than my last book from Linden The Compass of Pleasure How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good, it overall explained some basic information about each part of brain represent which function or feeling.On thing caught my attention The best timing of learning first language for a kid will be before 12 year old from [...]


    14. Interesting, challenging I listened to the audiobook, which I discovered by looking for the narrator who did the Bobiverse books There s a lot of information here that would probably be easier to take in if I d had it in print Tidbit who knew the midbrain has a visual center that works but doesn t communicate with the conscious mind Not me.There s a lot of nitty gritty chemistry and biochemistry and neuroscience in this book that I d have to reread in print to grasp The general message comes thr [...]


    15. First Impression I picked this up in an attempt to learn about the brain from a different perspective other than the simple this is the brain outline DJL sets out to show us that the brain is not a beautifully crafted machine but of a freak of nature and evolution DJL certainly achieves this in The Accidental Mind There are very different levels of intensity involved in this piece though, I found that the subject matter depth fluctuated frequently and left me a little disorientatedbut if you li [...]


    16. Linden sets out to prove that our brains closely resemble inefficient clunkers reflecting millions of years of evolutionary tinkering, rather than sophisticated, well designed and amazing intelligent creations He discusses the structure of our brain from the lower evolutionary parts of the brain stem and cerebellum through the recent frontal lobes and cortex.


    17. Accidentally human Wrap your brain around this book and you ll come away with a better understanding of what makes us human.The author s mission in writing this book is to show how almost every aspect of transcendent human experience, including love, memory, dreams, and even our predisposition for religious thought, ultimately derives from the inefficient and bizarre brain engineered by evolutionary history p 27 And, with wit, wisdom and at times, a lot of technical detail he does just that.More [...]


    18. This book had some interesting insights and anecdotes However, overall it was unfocused and of wildly varying rigor For example, molecular genetics is discussed at a level of detail that would be appropriate for the primary literature, not in a book intended to make a topic accessible for a general audience At other times topics are discussed superficially for example, the chapter on religion reflects the author s personal biases and presents little than anecdotes illustrating the brain s capa [...]


    19. Not surprisingly, The Accidental Mind How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams and God didn t quite live up to its title The book is fun, but the breakthroughs it describes are not that mind blowing, and, from what this book showed me, neuroscience remains a long ways from even beginning to explain any of the items mentioned in the book s title.In some ways, I thought this book was too close to being the lecture notes of a somewhat zany professor The claims were too far reaching, th [...]


    20. The thesis of the book was very interesting Basically, he wants to claim 1 the brain did not evolve over time as a unified system but as a batch of specific systems, which arose at different times to deal with specific problems and 2 the interplay of these systems gives rise to some particular aspects of human consciousness experience So, for example we can understand dreaming better if we look at what purpose the dream system in particular might play, and then look at how our the conscious part [...]


    21. Most of the first half of this book is discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the brain The author then flanges in a discussion on behavioral implications Having taken an upper division college class on the brain, much of the anatomy physiology was review for me, but I found some good discussion on topics of nature vs nurture genetic, epigenetic, and learned behaviors and how memory works Oddly, he follows up the last two chapters with how this all plays into the evolution creation debate, [...]


    22. I ve been interested in learning about the basics of the brain and finding reputable books to do so This book was recommended by a bonafide neuroscientist as a simple intro to the brain and I am very happy I read it It includes basic neuroscience with some actual science included, simplified to reach a broad audience, but not overly simplified Linden explains the basic mechanisms of chemical electric signalling in the brain as well as the most common neurotransmitters, brain geography, and evol [...]


    23. The book is described by the publisher as providing an evolution based approach to some key mental processes How brain evolution But the level of detail when the science of brain neurochemical processes are discussed is at a much rigorous and detailed level than any evolutionary processes are discussed True, there is an evolutionary frame, but that part feels like a tertiary source than even a secondary source The last two chapters are interesting, focusing on evolution and intelligent design [...]


    24. This book takes me much longer to read than I d expected Some parts of it are pure anatomy of the brain, its structure and the way the information processed The chapter on Love and Sex is very entertaining We really have some differences in male and female brain structures The chapter on Sleeping and Dreaming uncovers the secret of dreams and at the end there is a part of Religion and the working of the brain I am given myself a little time to finish it I finished it but with a lot of effort Th [...]


    25. Ties in nicely with Your Inner Fish which argues that the body is series of improvements with many organs and remnants from earlier evolutionary changes In The Accidental Mind, Linden applies the same argument to the brain, an organ that is so often referred to as a perfect example of flawless design but, for Linden, is nothing than a kluge Enlightening, especially if your knowledge of neuroscience in rudimentary, like mine The chapters on Sleep and Religion are well argued and entertaining The [...]


    26. I dove into this book expecting than it had to offer The first portion of the book is very technical and rushed It lacks the detail that would have been necessary to have the science make sense to say somebody like me who doesn t have an in depth background in the workings of the human brain The later half of the book is better once examples and studies come into play, but it wasn t mind blowingly great as I wanted it to be I like and agree with a lot of the points that Linden is trying to mak [...]


    27. This author tried to be funny but I really didn t feel like he was funny It was like a book of stereotypical suburban dad jokes His style of writing mostly irritated me HOWEVER, he did present a new way of thinking about the brain for me Usually when I watch a documentary or read something about the brain, it is portrayed as this perfectly designed piece of genius machinery that keeps us alive The way Linden describes it however, shows a coincidentally functional side to the brain that I had ne [...]


    28. The book is based on an interesting premise that our brains are not actually fine tuned machines but a shockingly inefficient mess As our brains evolve, new developments build on and layer over older pieces that we no longer use in the same way The result is that we re intelligent despite the design of our brain rather than because of it Basically, our superior brainpower exists because our neurons outnumber that of any other species So the research was interesting And the title is attention gra [...]


    29. As with most science related books, dumbing down a topic as complex and advanced as neuroscience is not easy Linden has tried to make it as simple as possible, though he has admittedly stated that certain places he would need to speak in scientific parlance The book is very insightful, at least the parts that one can grasp, which is most of the book minus all the chemical names of molecules, enzymes and hormones and bilogical names of certain parts of the brain and the nervous system But that is [...]


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