De La Mettrie's Ghost: The Story of Decisions

Macmillan (2005)
Abstract
This book is about how we make choices. It is a compelling analysis of the nature of free will, drawing together evidence from chemistry, literature, politics, history and beyond. Psychiatrist Chris Nunn elegantly explores the revolutions in medicine, genetics, bioethics and neuroscience spurred by Julien de la Mettrie's 300-year-old tract Man the Machine . Nunn concludes that a mechanistic view of the human brain, though once fruitful, is now moribund. He proposes a powerful alternative: that stories, recorded in our memories throughout life, are the mediators of free choice. Nunn demonstrates how this original approach could reconcile the latest brain-imaging results and our seemingly contradictory intuition about decision making and responsibility.
Keywords Consciousness  Mechanism (Philosophy  Mind and body  Decision making  Physiology  Free will and determinism
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Call number B808.9.N88 2005
ISBN(s) 1403994951
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