Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than It Thinks by Guy Claxton

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Read Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than It Thinks Online Free - If you think that intelligence emanates from the mind and that reasoning necessitates the suppression of emotion, you’d better think again—or rather not “think” at all. In his provocative new book, Guy Claxton draws on the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology to reveal how our bodies—long dismissed as mere conveyances—actually constitute the core of our intelligent life. From the endocrinal means by which our organs communicate to the instantaneous decision-making prompted by external phenomena, our bodies are able to perform intelligent computations that we either overlook or wrongly attribute to our brains.
 
Embodied intelligence is one of the most exciting areas in contemporary philosophy and neuropsychology, and Claxton shows how the privilege given to cerebral thinking has taken a toll on modern society, resulting in too much screen time, the diminishment of skilled craftsmanship, and an overvaluing of white-collar over blue-collar labor. Discussing techniques that will help us reconnect with our bodies, Claxton shows how an appreciation of the body’s intelligence will enrich all our lives.



Title : Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than It Thinks
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ISBN : 0300208820
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 344 pages


Reviews


Tony rated it ★★★★☆

April 18, 2016

If you were brought up with a fundamental Cartesain mind/body dichotomy assumption, then this is will be salutary. For a long time I assumed that "I" was in my head, and my body was some appendage, which I carried around with "me". This book explains, in terms which allow a layman like me to pictur...


Eren rated it ★★★★☆

December 26, 2015

Tam dört değil, 3,5'tan dört. Beden ve beyin ilişkisine dair ufuk açıcı bir kitap. Çok not aldım, gerek felsefi açıdan, gerekse de insanın kendini daha iyi tanıması bakımından yeni bağlantılar kurdum. Kitabın temel meselesi şu: Beyin ve beden diye bir ayrım yok. Beyin sadece kafamızda değil, vücud...


Irma rated it ★★★★☆

April 18, 2016

Very interesting indeed. Could be a life changer.


tisasday rated it ★★★☆☆

September 02, 2017

Interesting concept of a book but it's difficult to get through as there are many dry technicalities discussed that lack the sparks that personal stories provide.


Dale rated it ★★★☆☆

November 17, 2017

There is a lot of interesting material in this book, but I felt it really didn't hang together well. Claxton creates a straw man of Descartes in order and then destroys the straw man he created. He actually believes he has developed a really radical point of view, but really is just presenting an...


Matt rated it ★★★★★

January 06, 2016

fascinating. We do not have bodies, we are bodies.





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