Minds and Machines

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 353–356 | Cite as

Walter J. Freeman, How Brains Make Up their Minds

Columbia University Press, New York, 2001, 180 pp, $28.95, ISBN 0-297-84257-9
  • Stan FranklinEmail author

The oft repeated claim that the human brain is the most complex system in the universe has always struck me as far fetched and presumptuous. Isn’t it part of an even more complex system, the human body? And, how can we know what’s in this vast universe, of which our solar system is only a molecule. Nonetheless, the human brain is certainly awesome in its complexity, and the mind, on reflection, hardly less so. How can we make sense of brain and mind?

During the “decade of the brain” many authors have attempted to help. Psychologist Bernard Baars told us of “The Theater of Consciousness” (1997), philosopher David Chalmers of “The Conscious Mind” (1996), neurologist Antonio Damasio of “The Feeling of What Happens” (1999), bio-anthropologist Terrence Deacon about “The Symbolic Species” (1997), neuroscientists Gerald Edelman and Giulio Tononi of “A Universe of Consciousness” (2000), evolutionist Nicholas Humphrey about “How to Solve the Mind Body Problem” (2000), cognitive scientist...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, Institute for Intelligent SystemsThe University of MemphisMemphisUSA

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